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On the dark side of the Moon

Mike Heseltine



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A drawing inspired by the Pink Floyd Album - The Dark Side of the Moon. There are many references in the album to individuals being cast out for being different. One song, called 'Brain Damage' mentions how a person who dares to disobey a 'Keep of the grass' notice is labelled a lunatic. Our society can stifle creativity by its insistance on us all conforming. However, individuals who do not conform are all too often the ones who break down barriers and make new discoveries. This is an idea described by Kandinsky in his triangle theory. He sees a triangle, containing the worlds population, moving very slowly. At the top point is a single figure, who is the first to experience a new piece of ground. He is alone, but as the triangle passes over the ground he has discovered, more and more people become aware. An example of one of these lonely figures could be Van Gogh. He never sold a painting and yet now his work is accepted and admired by millions. Sometimes there is no one at the point of the triangle who is making new discoveries, so the triangle moves backwards or stands still.

The drawing has two columns of figures. The darker column is higher and more upright. People who dare to be different often need to be confident and stronger. In many ways, the people who conform (the left hand column) are weaker. Society needs both types in order to function, so ultimately a balance is required.

The drawing was done on paper using just charcoal pencils. I let the marks I make drift from being controlled to uncontrolled. In this way, the sketch starts to talk back to me, with unexpected marks and images being formed. The representations of the heads intermingle and in so doing, present new and un preconceived ideas about how we are all connected. The marks also fade in places, where I lost control of the pencil, but the result was to present new ideas about mortality and memory. This technique I find very exciting and by keeping the materials as simple as possible, it seems the process speaks clearly back to me.

"Normality is a paved road. It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow" - Vincent Van Gogh.