2017-11, Elliott Wall, Untitled, oil on linen, 60×90″, unfinished, 00

Untitled (detail)

The working title of this as-yet unfinished piece is “Concerning the Heavy-Handed Use of Symbols”, nominally only a criticism of the unwarranted casualness with which anyone may invoke symbols to avoid any particular intellectual heavy lifting. My protagonist, possibly a gnostic hylic galatea of sorts, instead wields the entire corpus of western culture in a burning heap, as if to fling it at the viewer. More obscurely, the scenario may recall to one’s mind Aristotle’s Four Causes.