Judith is a hot mess

04 Feb

Ernst Fuchs,” Judith,” 2011, lithograph, 27 x 24 cm,

At last.  Relaxation. And real boobs.

Ernst Fuchs is a contemporary painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, architect, stage designer, composer, poet, singer and one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism – which combines techniques of Old Masters with modern symbolism. (But if it’s real, how can it be fantastic?)

For instance in Judith, the symbolism is rich.

  • Setting:   the tropics of either Mayan Mexico or temples of south-east Asia.   Either way, it is hot and steamy.
  • Temples in the background:   places of worship … and sacrifice.
  • Sphinx or Moai:   benevolent guardians of the temples.
  • Angel:   a spiritual guide and protector.
  • Figure in the boat:   crossing the water, crossing over, crossing the River Styx to death.
  • Judith on the bed:   sensual and languishing – definitely not sleeping or sick.
  • Sword in her hand:   phallic symbol (duh!) but also power to rule and power to sever.
  • Holofernes under the bed:   in hiding and horrified.   So close to calling for help, but it is too late.
  • Aqua telephone with extra earpiece:  agent of communication but also spying.   Obviously belongs to Judith because it has a distinctively feminine color.
  • Rose:   love and beauty – keeping a secret (derived from the Roman practice of placing a rose on the door when confidences were exchanged) – blushing with shame upon Adam and Eve’s fall from grace  – socialism or social democracy.   Pick one.

Put is all together and you get … a hot mess.

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