The travelers(4) Tatvan
called my new painting "The
Travelers". The subjects of the painting are travelers
through the universe, time travelers. The painting contains six people
in a room seen through a most particular triangular perspective, balanced
in terms of the group detached from the composition and within the
totality of the picture itself. A worker, a rich man, a slave, a father,
a child and a suitcase are depicted, with a young intellectual in
the foreground. They do not look at one another. The child represents
continuity and, in this same continuity, the four seasons are represented
in several different ways. The play of mirrors gives the painting
its vanishing point and establishes the most distant angle and the
apex of the triangle. In the mirrors we perceive a second room in
the imaginary space off the composition, positioned in front of the
man in the foreground. It is the space which represents the unknown.
It is no accident that the young intellectual is placed in front of
this perilous space. He is afraid. He is included in a crowd that
does not perceive him and cannot aid him in his confrontation with
the unknown. The weight of discovery is on his shoulders. He is
a man/machine, the machine that breathes. He is the man that
must understand all things and his desire is to step back in fear
I was still in
school and saddled with a great deal of homework in a house
were there was still no electricity.
finished "The Travelers" in April of 1973,
after six months of intense effort.
I was barely 19.