Here is the final painting of ‘Responsibility’. (I finished it up before the end of the year, but had to wait after the holiday to get it scanned.)
‘Responsibility’, acrylic on wood panel, 12″x16″ (framed)
The subject matter of this painting was inspired by a quote from neurologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl:
“Freedom, however, is not the last word. Freedom is only part of the story and half of the truth. Freedom is but the negative aspect of the whole phenomenon whose positive aspect is responsibleness. In fact, freedom is in danger of degenerating into mere arbitrariness unless it is lived in terms of responsibleness. That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.”
Viktor Frankl was also the founder of logotherapy – a theory holding the belief that human nature is motivated by the search for a life purpose. –
The Peter Pan statue in the painting (which mirrors the poise of the Statue of Liberty) holds a story book (instead of a tablet) that reads ‘PUER AETERNUS’ – Latin for ‘Eternal Boy’. This is also a term in psychology to describe an individual (mostly attributed to adult males, but not necessarily gender specific) who has remained socially immature. –
The more we age, the more responsibilities we inherit. When I think about the fictional character, Peter Pan, I see him as synonymous with irresponsibly in his efforts to protest adulthood due to his residence in a fantasy land where he never ages. This disdain would also counter Frankl’s logotherapy theory as one can not learn what our purpose is if we do not give ourselves an opportunity to discover what we can become. The spiraling galleon on the right has sailed from Neverland only to go out of control with the crew’s inability to navigate in a world with accountability.
The painting will be for sale next month at Toronto’s 2017 The Artist Project art fair.
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