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Music: String Quartet no. 3 “Cetera Desunt”

Amidst unyielding torment and dramatic tension, the central figure, a chimaera, is portrayed as kneeling on the hollowed skull of another entity. The employment of the skull as both stage and setting metamorphoses the imploring creature’s tableau into something arrestingly poignant. It transmutes the very symbol of mortality into a platform for existential reflection and enquiry.

The lamentable pose of the creature, expressing utter desolation, contrasts sharply with its bestial features, uncovering the underlying primal instincts lurking within. Such a pose eloquently mediates the confluence of human yearning with animalistic impulse, casting it against the eternal dialectic of rational selves and primal desires. This plea for salvation, imbued with a fragile vulnerability, crystallises themes universal in their resonance yet intimate in their appeal to compassion and redemption. Its echoes trace back to the annals of ancient Greek and Roman art, where the amalgamation of human and animal forms served as metaphoric reflections of cultural and existential anxieties, capturing these tensions with a raw and emotive forcefulness.

The very bestiality of the form, perhaps echoing Goya’s dark imagination in its raw expression of human fears and anxieties, functions as a channel for a profound examination of the human psyche. These elements orchestrate a visual and metaphorical odyssey into the marrow of despair and redemption, transcending the superficialities of brute savagery and delving instead into the elemental and eternal forces that continually sculpt and define our existence.

This exploration is a poignant reminder of the visceral reality of human despair and the possibility of redemption, ever situated at the threshold of knowing and feeling. In the haunting gaze and imploring pose of the chimaera, we are invited to confront our primal desires and existential anxieties, a reflection that resonates in the core of our shared human experience.