The Monkey

1984,Oil on board, Gabon, 70x50cm






Probably many of us could identify with an idea of flying, of being free high up somewhere in space. Soaring like eagles is both romantic and noble and appears to be the dream of many. But, as Paolo Coello has said: “You can fulfill your dream but be prepared to pay the price for it”. In the Greek mythology, Daedalus and his son Icarus are escaping the imprisonment in the labyrinth of the deadly Minotaur, the half-man, half-bull servant of King Minos. The father designs the escape with wings fixed with wax, warning Icarus to not fly too close to the sun. At certain point, Icarus is inebriated with newly acquired power, he would not be restrained, he wants to fly ever higher, beyond all boundaries to man. He forgets he is human, for he dares into the realm of Gods. Flying too close to the sun, makes wax melt, and he falls into the sea and drowns.

“My point is that the freedom is as fictional as it may seem real; we are all guided with so many factors, genetics, our own make-up, our passions, ambitions, so that we are conditioned and restrained to the microcosmos of our own. It is possible to break the pattern but one should always be aware of what lies within his personal framework and limitations, and not play God. In artistic terms, I am interested in depicting a body floating in space, sometimes ascending, sometimes falling. That winged body for me now assumes an angelical image, something that brings me back to the traditional iconic world without an conscious intention to do so”.



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