cannot make you understand.
I cannot make anyone understand what is
happening inside me.
I cannot even explain it to myself..."
~Franz Kafla, "The Metamorphosis"
entry for the "Metamorphosis" exhibit features a small portrait painted in tribute to Mr. Franz Kafka, author of the 1915 novella, "The
Metamorphosis". Mr. Kafka gazes steadily out to us, his head held protectively within the pinchers of an extraordinary
When contemplating a subject for this month's theme,
but of course this classic tome was one of the first things to come to
mind. For many of us, myself included, "The Metamorphosis" was required reading in
school -- a tale of woe about a young man who unwillingly and inexplicably
metamorphosizes into a huge and fearsome-looking insect, and how this unusual and unfortunate
circumstance negatively impacts his life, as well as the lives of his family,
who go on to ultimately reject him in his given state. Throughout his long and drawn-out
ordeal, the young man/insect is stuck within his house, unable to leave
the four walls of his room for fear of public reaction to his condition.
Hence I felt this little segment of found, wooden picket fencing that I
used for my painting support an especially good fit for this project,
being as that it is rather "house shaped" at that. And while I don't
want to include any spoilers of the story here to those who haven't read it, suffice it to say the
protagonist does not come to a good end by the last chapter of the book,
hence we have as part of the insect's body a wee painted skull.
So let this be a warning to all, shall we....?
Please try not to transform randomly while sleeping into big creepy insects, if you can at all avoid it.....