Blue Reincarnation Narcissus painting by Jaisini

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Posted by gleitzeit ( on June 16, 2003 at 21:21:52:

Blue Reincarnation Narcissus painting by Jaisini

The theme of Narcissus in Jaisini's "Blue..." may be paralleled with the problem of the

two-sexes-in-one, unable to reproduce and, therefore, destined to the Narcissus-like

end. Meanwhile, the Narcissus legend lasts. In the myth of Narcissus a youth gazes

into the pool. As the story goes, Narcissus came to the spring or the pool and when his

form was seen by him in the water, he drowned among the water nymphs because he

desired to make love to his own image. Maybe the new Narcissus, as in "Blue

Reincarnation," is destined to survive by simply changing his role from a passive man to

an aggressive woman and so on. To this can be added that, eventually, a man creates a

woman whom he loves out of himself or a woman creates a man and loves her own

image but in the male form. The theme of narcissism recreates the 'lost object of desire.

"Blue" also raises the problem of conflating ideal actual and the issue of the feminine

manhood and masculine femininity. There is another story about Narcissus' fall, which

said that he had a twin sister and they were exactly alike in appearance. Narcissus fell

in love with his sister and, when the girl died, would go to the spring finding some relief

for his love in imagining that he saw not his own reflection but the likeness of his sister.

"Blue" creates a remarkable and complex psychopathology of the lost, the desired, and

the imagined. Instead of the self, Narcissus loves and becomes a heterogeneous

sublimation of the self. Unlike the Roman paintings of Narcissus, which show him alone

with his reflection by the pool, the key dynamic in Jaisini's "Blue" is the circulation of

the legend that does not end and is reincarnated in transformation when autoeroticism

is not permanent and is not single by definition. In "Blue," we risk being lost in the

double reflection of a mirror and never being able to define on which side of the mirror

Narcissus is. The picture's color is not a true color of spring water. This kind of color is

a perception of a deep-seated human belief in the concept of eternity, the rich saturated

cobalt blue. The ultra hot, hyperreal red color of the figure of Narcissus is not supposed

to be balanced in the milieu of the radical blue. Jaisini realizes the harmony in the most

exotic color combination. While looking at "Blue," we can recall the spectacular color of

night sky deranged by a vision of some fierce fireball. The disturbance of colors creates

some powerful and awe-inspiring beauty. In the picture's background, we find the

animals' silhouettes, which could be a memory reflection or dream fragments. In the

story, Narcissus has been hunting - an activity that was itself a figure for sexual desire

in antiquity. Captivated by his own beauty, the hunter sheds a radiance that, one

presumes, reflects to haunt and foster his desire. The flaming color of the picture's

Narcissus alludes to the erotic implications of the story and its unresolved problem of

the one who desires himself and is trapped in the erotic delirium. The concept can be

applied to an ontological difference between the artist's imitations and their objects. In

effect, Jaisini's Narcissus could epitomize artistic aspiration to control levels of reality

and imagination, to align the competition of art and life, of image with imaginable

prototype. Jaisini's "Blue" is a unique work that adjoins reflection to reality without any

instrumentality. "Blue" is a single composition that depicts the reality and its immediate

reflection. Jaisini builds the dynamics of desire between Narcissus and his reflection-of-

the-opposite by giving him the signs of both sexes, but not for the purpose of creating a

hermaphrodite. The case of multiple deceptions in "Blue" seems to be vital to the cycle

of desire. Somehow it reminds one of the fates of the artists and their desperate

attempts to evoke and invent the nonexistent. "Blue" is a completely alien picture to

Jaisini's "Reincarnation" series. The pictures of this series are painted on a plain ground

of canvas that produces the effect of free space filled with air. "Blue," to the contrary, is

reminiscent of an underwater lack of air; the symbolism of this picture's texture and

color contributes to the mirage of reincarnation.

By Yustas Kotz-Gottlieb New York 2003, Text Copyright: Yustas Kotz-Gottlieb ALL

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The Art of Paul Jaisini by Yustas Kotz-Gottlieb

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