Artwork Description

A surrealistic landscape‚ third in a series of ominous‚ sepia-toned scenes featuring puzzling ruins. The main feature is an optical illusion‚ an impossible cube rising up from stone pillars. On the right‚ a digger sinks into the sands‚ and other ruins and structures dot the landscape.

It is a painting to dwell upon‚ mysterious and engaging. Who built these structures‚ and where are they now? What has befallen the machine? Is it a metaphor for mankind's attempts to understand the laws of nature‚ laws which seem to defy common sense? A warning? A welcome? The composition was not planned before I painted the picture‚ the impossible shape only roughly sketched‚ and the painting seems to flow from the subconscious (as surrealism should!)

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acrylic on canvas

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