Tears Stain the Eye of Reason.

Richard Sunderland

Plymouth, United Kingdom

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As soon as I had seen Vasile’s “Tears for Air Balloons of Love”

Your tears are air balloons of love
by Vasile Stan
I had a strong desire to translate his work. My interpretation is based on Michelangelo’s David, somewhere I saw a connection between Vasile’s composition and David’s eye.
The basis for this lies in legacy that David is for Italy. An iconic image of the state, I think it became particularly symbolic during the unification and foundation of modern Italy. For me the main focus though is that David is a human being, who can reason and think, work things out and even giant obstacles can be overcome.. Vasile, I believe requires us to engage with his work and “work things out.” It isn’t necessary to be right, it is our personal natural response that is more important, it is the differences that are important. This is my visual interpretation / translation of what I see in Vasile’s work. It has made me make these connections, whether it is correct or not. A more obvious link could have been Malevich or Kandinsky, I saw Michelangelo’s David.

I have had great difficult deciding on a title, so I am open to suggestions:
These are my current ideas.
“Two Air Balloons united in my Mind’s Eye.”
“U R only a Ticket Away from your Destiny”
“Tears stain the Eye of Reason”
“Tears and Time Can’t stop …..” (can’t find an ending!)

The work is on Langton watercolour paper, with collaged graph paper and a Trenitalia ticket to Pisa Airport Something to do with Time and Destiny were my starting points, and then pencil layered with watercolour.
Finished with Ink Brush Pens, drawing Inks, varnish and acrylics + a metallic strip of blue.

This round form representing at the same time a crying eye (the soul) and a clock (the destiny) and a compass (the distance), containing the heart, the ticket and the tears… The distance becoming proximity. 
The graph paper representing the reason, the tears in the form of arrows, all these calculated forms contrast so beautifully with the burst of emotive colours. For me this image depicts a very strong personality (rather a man than a woman), logical in its being, but very deeply emotive in its own way. An intriguing personality, a misunderstood one.

The difference between your artwork and Vasile’s originating artwork is that in yours, everything passes (not only conceptually but also visually) through this “eye of reason”. The eye IS the compass, the eye IS the clock. The eye is the center of the composition. The tears, the heart, the journey – everything passes THROUGH this eye of reason. And still the tears manage to “stain” it. They are not volatile like air balloons. Tears “stain” the eye of reason was one of your proposed titles – how beautiful – emotions disrupt the harmony created by the logic. When I first read this title, I could not understand how emotions or tears could possible be a negative factor that causes “stains”. It took me a lot of time to accept this truth, your truth. For me, this work shares and reveals a lot but it needs a lot of patience – whoever takes the time to understand it, will be rewarded.

by Ina Mar


September 2011 Juried Invitational Exhibition

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