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This diptych acrylic paintings are each 18" square and were done on September 13, 2001. That was a crazy time in the United States, after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Such extreme times and expressions of grief and anger provoked in me a deep contemplation of the real meaning of life, as well as the very nature of humanity.
All the polls of opinion and reaction to the events of that time seemed to be fraught with the dichotomy of insanity and sanity. So, like the whirlpool of water going down the drain in one direction or another, depending one whether in the northern or southern hemisphere, the balance between sanity and insanity seem very similar.
These were fairly early acrylic paintings for me and were also experiments using metallic and Pearle-sent paints. Like many of my paintings, these shimmer and appear to move depending on lighting and point of view… much like the titles.
I signed one painting, the insanity one, with my first and most used name James. The other I used my middle name of Lewis, which I’d started to think of as my artist identity, and maybe the saner version of me. I really don’t think there is much difference, at least as most folks go on about the world they believe they inhabit.
I identify the 9-11 event, and/or these paintings, as the real beginning of my ‘wake up’ to search for truer, saner, kinder, happier, less fearful, peaceful, loving experiences of life.
It is my continuing quest that defines almost everything I do, including on Red Bubble. Sanity? Insanity?
In late 2014 I’ve reloaded a whole series of versions of these paintings. You can find them in my “COLLECTIONS” on my profile page.