& WHITE LINE DRAWINGS -- SYMBOLISM
This self portrait is the second
of the decidedly surreal black & white line drawings on
display. Pen & ink (using 3 ink techniques) surreal symbolism
define the period (1995-2000). The transition into full-fledged
surreal symbolism gains momentum. Surrealism and symbolism
ARE intertwined here. A certificate of authenticity, signed
by the artist, is included with purchase.
"Self-portrait" © Chris Eisenbraun 1996.
For the purists: there is an actual cameo appearance in the
One of the really cool things about this work: regardless
of what people feel about the artwork (like, dislike, antipathy,
etc.), most people step up and put their hand on top of the
drawn one. It's a spontaneous sort of thing. I watched this
woman's face when I told her it was my self-portrait. Her
face was so very confused (in a laughing at it sort of way),
but then she stepped up and put her hand over the one in the
print. It kind of caught my attention and I started noticing
how other people were doing it too <g>. Whatever the
reason, it's a very interesting and unanticipated reaction.
The i-fish: throughout the ages humans have used water to
represent the subconscious. The i-fish is my personal symbol
for a being capable of seeing AND living in the dream world
(i.e. subconscious). Also referred to as the third eye in
legend and mythology.
Symbolism: the blank inside of the hand could be equated with
"the undiscovered country"; the ghostly typewriter
style writing is to emphasize the whiteness of the page upon
which this story is going to be told.
The song between the fingers is from Jimi Hendrix's, "All
along the Watchtower." I just happen to have the sheet
music for that piece :)
This is the second of many surreal black and white line drawings
that dabble (heavily) in symbolism :) A marked transition
into full-fledged surreal symbolism has begun!