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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.

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medium: ballpoint pen.
size: 9" x 12"
22.86 x 30.48 cm
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TITLE: "Self-portrait" © Chris Eisenbraun 1996.

For the purists: there is an actual cameo appearance in the drawing <laugh>.

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!




Anticipating Freud and Jung, the Symbolists mined mythology and dream imagery for a visual language of the soul.

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