Eclipse
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 57x64 in

  • Early depictions of the universe showed the sun to be a symbolic center, or heart, of the cosmos, an absolute.
  • Truth, according to Plato, is something sun-like, as in "the light of truth."
  • Since its gentle warmth and light are bestowed on every living thing in equal measure, the sun was regarded as the cosmokrator – the ruler of the world state or cosmopolis.
  • Ancient Incas saw themselves as the children of the sun.
  • To the Incas, the sun was the cosmokrator (ruler), as well as a wanderer who goes about setting people's affairs in order and teaching them crafts and agriculture, then disappears to the west, having accomplished its mission.

In Eclipse, we gain a birdseye view that unfolds in a panorama before us to reveal a fantasy city with its houses, roads, and bridges. There are unusual dwellings that look like homes with circular windows and car-like objects moving along serpentine "highways" that wind around the city. With a bit of concentrating, we may discern a figure in a skydiver's wingsuit hovering over one of the highways.

An ecliptic sun, like a gigantic eye, is watching over this ant-heap of a megapolis. It leaves a sense of this landscape as an illusory settlement, where every corner is infused with the light from above.

The Sun is the true master and commander of this hive, its rays penetrate into every hut and house, scattering specks of gold that form an all-illuminating flow, hold together this fantasy of a city, and solidify it as calcite solidifies wood into immortality.