Mixed media on paper. 22″ x 30″.
I had just spent a couple weeks in Bali. In front of the temples I saw many sculptures of naked people. While Indonesia is a Islamic country Bali is mostly Hindu/Buddhist. In recognition of the large numbers of Muslim tourist in Bali the genitals of the naked sculptures are usually covered with a black & white checkered cloth. I was told this was symbolic of the pair of opposites.
If you look closely above the vortex you will see Mona Lisa’s hands and behind them DuChamp’s coffee Grinder. Somehow I have an invention in my mind of Leonardo’s that looks like a funnel made of wood like a barrel. So after doing the vortex I threw in the coffee grinder thinking that there is some connection between these two artists. I was told by an art historian that Leonardo did only seven major paintings in his lifetime, and that he was more of a thinker than a painter (you know there was a saying dumb as a painter). Art historians I have known won’t admit it but – I think – they think – that a thinking painter – is an oxymoron.