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Trapped Currents

In an early drawing titled The Rise and Fall of Virtue the artist described his life as a parabola. The left side, representing good times, was a rise of many angled steps. Consolidating before rising more. The right side however was a smooth slope. Once a sin had been committed, there was no stopping to the fall until the artist reached a deep mental and physical crisis. It was during these slides that the artist made his best work, and suffered most. Later he described one of these crises as if his head was the upper part of an hourglass, brightly lit with electrical currents. The trapped currents would become unstuck and pour down to the lower part, his guts, which were black as night, endless and cold. Later, after the initial guilt, pain and inertia wore, bright stars would appear against this blackness and find their way up again.

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