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July 1, 2009
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Each Confirms A Prison by Laurazee Each Confirms A Prison by Laurazee
Mixed media (pigment, marble and clay dust, paste, various glazes) on canvas, 48" x 24"
Located at: Private office (JW).

This is the second "DA" in the closing of What The Thunder Said, lines 409 to 415. It's not my favorite passage, but I wanted to do all three of the DAs. The passage is:

Dayadhvam: I have heard the key
Turn in the door once and turn once only
We think of the key, each in his prison
thinking of the key, each confirms a prison
Only at nightfall, aethereal rumours
Revive for a moment a broken Coriolanus

Dayadhvam means, roughly, "Sympathize." Compassion. In context with keys and prisons and nightfall and a broken Coriolanus, I take it to be about the sense of isolation we all feel sometimes, each in our own little prisons. Meanwhile, facism, war, extremism, (as represented by the Coriolanus imagery) and even terrorism have removed our sense of compassion for each other and our ability to unlock each others' doors.

With that in mind, I pictured… office buildings late at night with people still working in them (indeed, the prisons, though this may very well be a personal interpretation), slave to corporations and autocratic rule.
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Drummerxkiller Jul 13, 2009  Student General Artist
Textures are so incredible, clay dust make a so great result. The blue is so pure, it contrast with all the details in the buildings part.The concept is very awesome, it thinked a lot. I do not know why, but I cannot stop to see a skull head in it, in the brown part.It is like a skeleton that lie down in the city, and buildings are built on him.Stay artistic :iconthumbsupplz:
Laurazee Jul 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:thanks: Thank you, and I agree: there is a bit of a skull in there. Definitely a corpse of some sort. Good interpretation.
madbaumer37 Jul 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i'd love to see more like this. :eager:
Laurazee Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd love to paint more like this! :eager:
j0rosa Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing and different :)
Laurazee Jul 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks so much.
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