DAda Danu Self-Portrait

ivDAnu

Sherbrooke, Canada

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Painted on w/c paper with Acrylics and Acrylic inks, this painting has quite a story (and quite a story to tell). It is inspired by a famous Giorgio de Chirico self-portrait, also called The Brain of the Child (Le Cerveau de l’Enfant – representing a moustachoed de Chirico with both of his EYES CLOSED in a “metaphysical” landscape), painting that was emblematic for the Surrealists (Yves Tanguy, Magritte and others say they own their surrealist vocation to this painting which was owned by André Breton, le “Pape” du surrealisme). I represented myself ONE EYE OPEN, ONE EYE CLOSED, with some supplementary quirks and quarks, here and there, and wrote on the table the story of Dada movement (founded 40 years on the dot before my birth, the same day by one of my countrymen, the poet Tristan Tzara) and also some of my own history, the way I choose my artist name of Danu (in Romanian, dada means YesYes; Danu means Yes-No, like the Yang-Yin concept). Lots and lots of faithful coincidences that can be (are!) the foundation of my personal history as an artist.

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