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“It is possible, however, that the artist is both thin-skinned and prophetic and, like the canary lowered into the mine shaft to test the air, has caught a whiff of something lethal.” ― Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

EROS THANATOS - web.jpgEROS THANATOS - ​graphite on paper - 2015
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Freud theorized that the duality of human nature emerged from two basic instincts: Eros and Thanatos. He saw in Eros the instinct for life, love and sexuality in its broadest sense, and in Thanatos, the instinct of death, aggression. Eros is the drive toward attraction and reproduction; Thanatos toward repulsion and death. One leads to the reproduction of the species, the other toward its own destruction.

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About the later and larger drawing dealing with this subject, EROS THANATOS II
I posted a image in Steemit in connection with showing it in Belgrade this past February: EXHIBITION PIGMALION and Book Presentation in BELGRADE

EROS THANATOS II - graphite on paper - 2017

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wow. so many amazing details but the thing that sticks out to me is the face hatching out of a skull-egg - that is intense!

thanks - intense, that is also the process! I lose myself in the details!

Beautiful! Absolutely lovely, as always, Otto :) I have started a small drawing inspired by your style, but it isn't going very well at the moment XD

Will show you once I've got something halfway decent :D

thank you - well, keep practicing: think of it as a trip and just let your imagination go!

Creepy good:)

maybe that was the intention, thanks!

Another wonderful piece. I wonder what thoughts of Life and Death were streaming through your mind during the process of all these details.

I love when art takes us on a journey and I love the journey takes US, the artist, on when making it!

Thoughts: unintentional at first on the first one (it only came to me later when I put the figure in), deliberate on the second work, since it is based on the first.

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thank you

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Amazing details!

thank you

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