This week’s MotD theme: Time After Time
This iconic painting by Spanish surrealist, Salvadore Dalí gives us a whole different, and very fluid, representation of time. It reminds me of a repeated theme throughout “A Course in Miracles“: time is an illusion. It basically tells us we make of it what we decide to make of it.
Here the mandalas are implied. Intellectually we know these timepieces are round and yet they are expressed here as if made from a soft material with their “skeletal” structure removed from their insides, rendering them limp and somewhat useless.
About this painting from the MoMA web site:
Time is the theme here, from the melting watches to the decay implied by the swarming ants. Mastering what he called “the usual paralyzing tricks of eye-fooling,” Dalí painted this work with “the most imperialist fury of precision,” but only, he said, “to systematize confusion and thus to help discredit completely the world of reality.” There is, however, a nod to the real: the distant golden cliffs are those on the coast of Catalonia, Dalí’s home.
View more of his extraordinary and very profound art via his page on WikiArt.org.
Inspiration for Today
When we take a closer look at the concept of time we can really see the illusionary properties of it. For instance the way we track time. Time is what it is. How we track it came about by our human need to label and quantify it.
Look at all the different types of calendars that exist and the cultures that use them. Today is today regardless of whether we use the Gregorian calendar, the Mayan calendar or the Chinese calendar. The earth orbits the sun regardless of whether we used the Egyptian, Hebrew or Hindu calendar to track it.
Dalí’s provocative painting forces us to take a second look at time and how we view it. Is it our enemy or our friend? How “real” is our perception of time? Can we see it as neutral? Can we grasp the concept that it is we who give “time” all the meaning it has for us?
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