Sous-Marin. The Fallen Angel graciously glides over his treasures. Those beautiful, lustful bodies that are able to freely enjoy themselves. No feelings of guilt, no remorse but pure Evil: to go beyond petty morals. The transgression of the Law is exactly that which sweetens the Sin. Colours of gold surround the Last Men and Women, and in the background one can see an air of absinthe as if this painting wanted to be a beacon of inspiration.
The Symbolist painter Jean Delville has truly been able to create an exquisite picture of Hell, the stage of the Nigredo where our damned souls reside and find infinite pleasure in the Prima Materia. The painting radiates no suffering only surreal Beauty and a passionate energy.
I created this drawing of the Acephalic years ago for the cover of one of This Morn’ Omina’s singles. Of course, I was inspired by the logo of Bataille’s Acéphale, and I wanted to create another, more organic and less human version. This headless being could be human or it could be an animal or a plant … it should not be that specific for these are all but versions of the incessant flow of Base Matter through a heterogenous continuity. According to Bataille, and I agree with him, there is a profound unity between all beings and things. Like Heraclite and Nietzsche the French mystic recognized an incessant flow of things. Nothing is stable, everything is becoming. We are energy. The circle around the figure symbolizes this eternal becoming and the figure itself is quite abstract but because of the curved lines I wanted to imply a sense of movement, change. The Ouroboros is its alchemical symbol. “Life itself is movement and nothing in this movement is protected against movement”, Bataille writes in his book Eroticism. Therefor no head because thinking, our ratio tries to stop this movement, this flow in order to grasp it, study it. But this is but an illusion. My drawing could be a print, a fossil which the human animal would yearn to comprehend in order to give it a name, a function… But this is such a futile quest and I can only laugh about it.