Monday, January 10, 2011

Thinking about Dalí Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Nice reflection on  Salvador Dalí. Metamorphosis of Narcissus 1937 at the Tate Modern

[The surrealists] called the ability of Dali to do this, to see things simultaneously as more than one thing, as a result of a psychological state, which they called ‘paranoic critical activity.’ It was based on a willfulness reading of Freud. Freud talked about the filters that kept the unconscious and the conscious mind apart. But Dali claimed that in the state of ‘paranoic critical activity’ he could actually embrace both the unconscious and the conscious simultaneously, so that his conscious mind could actually do the painting.”

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