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The Allegory of The Bicameral Mind - oil on canvas


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Oil on canvas, 50x70cm. The starting point for the painting is my best photo from the series "Inside violin" is an old French Cello.
First must give credits for putting 3 paintings inside this one, Van Gogh's "The bedroom at Arles", Caravaggio's "The Incredulity of Saint Thomas" (was the only one to touch Jesus after his resurrection thanks to his inquiring mind) and detail of Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" beside being one of the most recognizable pieces of art, I love the hidden symbol, the shape of a brain outlined by God's billowing shroud, and the hand of God is in the place of the third eye, where is the spark of the inner light, and I believe this is the main difference between humans and less aware creatures.
I'll put a few words about a theory popularized by the Westworld series - the bicameral mind, and the loops.

The loops are cycles that repeat over time, we go through them  ending in a state similar to the one we started from. Time cycles like years, days, emotional fluctuations like happiness-depression, repetitive thoughts, breaths, relationships, examples are countless.The less conscious we are, the more we behave as an automaton, and we end up in the same situation over and over again, with no evolution gains. Every spark of awareness is a potential to transform the loop into a spiral, and evolve into a higher state of energy, for example like quitting bad habits, toxic relationships and so on. Very interesting is the sexual part of the loop, when the rhythmic movements reduce the perceived reality to loops that last fractions of a second, leading to a trance state in which you lose your sense of identity, or form a couple identity, and which may be the beginning of a new life cycle, which on the other hand leads to parents' entry into a very stable loop with immense conditioning and responsibilities.

Bicameralism (the condition of being divided into "two-chambers") a radical hypothesis in psychology that argues that the human mind once operated in a state in which cognitive functions were divided between one part of the brain which appears to be "speaking", and a second part which listens and obeys — a bicameral mind. The term was coined by Julian Jaynes, who presented the idea in his 1976 book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, wherein he made the case that a bicameral mentality was the normal and ubiquitous state of the human mind as recently as 3,000 years ago, near the end of the Mediterranean bronze age.
Jaynes uses governmental bicameralism as a metaphor to describe a mental state in which the experiences and memories of the right hemisphere of the brain are transmitted to the left hemisphere via auditory hallucinations. The metaphor is based on the idea of lateralization of brain function although each half of a normal human brain is constantly communicating with the other through the corpus callosum. The metaphor is not meant to imply that the two halves of the bicameral brain were "cut off" from each other but that the bicameral mind was experienced as a different, non-conscious mental schema wherein volition in the face of novel stimuli was mediated through a linguistic control mechanism and experienced as auditory verbal hallucination.
Jaynes built a case for this hypothesis that human brains existed in a bicameral state until as recently as 3,000 years ago by citing evidence from many diverse sources including historical literature. He took an interdisciplinary approach, drawing data from many different fields. Jaynes asserted that, until roughly the times written about in Homer's Iliad, humans did not generally have the self-awareness characteristic of consciousness as most people experience it today. Rather, the bicameral individual was guided by mental commands believed to be issued by external "gods" — commands which were recorded in ancient myths, legends and historical accounts. This is exemplified not only in the commands given to characters in ancient epics but also the very muses of Greek mythology which "sang" the poems. According to Jaynes, the ancients literally heard muses as the direct source of their music and poetry.
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ariya-sacca's avatar

This is amazing!

SlyParranini's avatar

Great painting and interesting symbology. I like how you really thought about what everything meant in the painting (now I wanna learn more about the bicameral mind). One thing about great art, is that it can transmit and preserve some deep psychological meaning through time...and ancient/classical art is great at using symbols for that.

haniyehjafarpour's avatar

Wow this is amazing :dalove: :headbang:

I absolutely love this.

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At first glance, I was filled with the best emotions. I really like the vintage, the smell of coffee, metal strings and wood-like atmosphere.Immediately it shows how the author tried to send the message of the painting and how much effort and thought put into this piece.Looking for a lace tutu, you immediately realize that this clothing is breathing with its every fold.Plywood floors of the violin-home is a set up to dance. And the figure of the heroine is filled with life. Anatomy is gorgeous! And the bedroom right from Van Gogh's masterpiece attracts the gaze by its softness and mystery in the darkest corner of the house.
LoveXPoints's avatar
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I have contemplated this work and I must say that its powerful message and beautiful way of saying it are the necessary condiment to say that I´m in front a wonderful work that reaches the purest beauty on several levels. This warm painting makes me to witness the birth of an unforgettable feeling. The origin, the creation of something. Everything is portrayed in the elements that are part of this piece. The muse a woman, the Music. Creators of illutions, inspiring feelings and witnessing the origin of everything. I like the use of warm colors that bring my mind back to the most comfortable places. This incrible mixture of symbolism results in a piece that undoubtedly lets us reach the innermost point of ourselves.
I must say that I can feel part of what I mentioned in the other previously shared work "inside the violin", and I quote "An empty space where the beauty expects to be free", that shows it clearly. This space that seems empty, is the cradle of something beautiful about to touch freedom. I don´t want to exterderme too much, I will only say that this work is a unique piece, a beautiful idea interpreted by a great artist. Thanks for sharing
NotARaider's avatar

Holy shoot. Real art on DeviantArt.

Omanoct's avatar
The photo was cool... the painting based on the photo is phenomenal :wow:
JohnMo's avatar
The Insular Cortex in the brain is also a fascinating area - it not only plays a role in bodily self-awareness and sense awareness, but now it could also have a link to our sense of time, actual time, and the awareness of it. 
wentah49's avatar
This?? Is amazing???
Schmiegel's avatar
Love the Cello-droid!
Angelotti37's avatar
There you've given. It is the same music that is introduced to be played, where the musician is only an interpreter. Perfect!
lucy-phelan-93's avatar
I love it! I like how the violin dancer looks like a drawing model doll with her leg and arm joints. Amazing. One of the best pieces I’ve seen and I’m shocked you aren’t further up the list.
Maxxis237's avatar
I love the way how the light comes in and the concept is also awesome, keep up the good work! :)
autumniulia's avatar
Ce frumos! Felicitari! :love:
ikazon's avatar
Marvelous work. I'm glad you felt inspired to create more based on that photo, because the photo was fantastic as well. Really nicely done!
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