Friday, 4 January 2008

Premonitory Paintings & the Daemon voice

I came to Anthony's book after a tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one and some subsequent strange experiences. Several days after my loved one's death, I made a plea to god or the source for some sort of sign to help me deal with this loss and to my surprise a clear calm voice responded with "You painted this". It was at that moment a memory came to me that indeed I had done an impromptu painting that depicted the death as it occurred. This painting was done fourteen years prior to the actual death. The painting was a 20 minute sketch completed under some pressure in an art class I had attended. I had no time to think or dwell on what the subject would be. There was no time for left brain analysis - just do it! I remember having shocked the instructor as well as myself with the result, but I rationalized the content as having been inspired by the film, Jacob's Ladder which I had recently seen. That evening the painting went into my bedroom closet and was not shown to anyone, and it was put out of my mind until fourteen years later when the memory came to me with the prodding of the voice.

This experience left me wondering how could it be possible to paint the future event and what was that voice? I have never been one for premonitions-no epiliepsy, no schizophrenia, no migraines, no psychic ability. Now I was being forced to rethink this. I haven't been able to shrug it off merely as coincidence especially since there was also this strange voice! I needed to research premonitions by painting, the meaning of Jacob's Ladder and voices. This ultimately brought to me Anthony's ideas which seem to provide a viable theory of how this could come about.

My own research on prophetic paintings has uncovered three other examples:

The first was at http://www.angel-drawing.com/ where a fellow named Aster presents his and other works. Anthony I'm sure would argue that this site could be called daemon-drawing.

The second example I uncovered came from a New York Times article on surrealist painter, Victor Brauner link to article. The writer notes that "The odd thing is that for many years Brauner had a fixation on mutilated eyes, which revealed itself early in a 1931 self-portrait showing him with his eye put out. The portrait and many other traumatic eye images predate a singular accident. Trying to break up a fight between the Spanish-born Surrealist Oscar Dominguez and another painter in Dominguez's studio, Brauner was hit by a glass thrown by Dominguez. It literally ripped out his left eye. "

The third example I found was a painting that Georgio de Chirico did of the poet Apollinare. The writer in this article points out that "It was a prophetic vision. In 1914, de Chirico painted Apollinaire in silhouette with what looks like a target drawn on his cranium. Apollinaire enlisted in the French army in the first world war and in 1917 was severely wounded - in the head. He underwent a brain operation in the difficult period before his death. You add it up." link to source.

I also learned that Georgio had migraines and possibly epilepsy which ties very much to Anthony's work. I found this website that discusses Georgio's migraines and the influence on his work. link to migraines-aura.org.

There have been some very strange coincidences/synchronicity in my exploration of these ideas. Sometimes I feel like the character in Paycheck puzzling over some clue that has been left for me as when I stumbled upon this quote of de Chirico and other references to him in unlikely places, "Everything has two aspects: the current aspect, which we see nearly always and which ordinary men see, and the ghostly aspect which only rare individuals see in moments of clairvoyance and metaphsysical abstraction". I was not that familiar with dc Chirico, but somehow knew it was relevant to my experience.

Thanks again to Anthony for the ideas he has brought to me.

5 comments:

Anthony Peake said...

Thanks for your fascinating and informative post. I am also interested to note that you reference the movie 'Paycheck'. I am sure that you are aware that this movie is based upon a short story by another regular subject of this blog site - Philip K Dick. I saw this moves fairly recently and, yet again, I was amazed at how much of Dick's work relates to CTF.

susan marie said...

I have just now had a chance to read this extremely compelling piece of Ra's. I have often been struck by the fact that in Tennessee William's short story, "Hard Candy", an elderly man chokes to death in the balcony of a movie theater and is found slumped over, with a piece of candy lodged in his throat. Decades later, at age 72 Williams himself would be found slumped over and dead from choking to death on a pill-bottle cap. It was as if his younger self had written of his elder self's demise, long before the occurence of it.

Anthony Peake said...

Susan Marie,
I wish I had known the Tennessee William's incident a few months ago. In my new book I have a whole section on how certain writers wrote into their plots events similar to those tthat they were about to experience in their own future. Of course if CTF is correct then some intensely creative individuals are more attuned to their own "Daemonic Memory" albeit unconsciously. It is therefore not at all surprising that these unconscious memories stimulate plot devices when a story is being written. I am not sure if I am correct in this but I am sure I read somewhere that Tennessee Williams was bi-polar (his plays certainly show evidence of such a belief) in which case this is again evidence of my concept of the "Scale of Transcendence" which I will present in my next book.

susan marie said...

Yes, Williams was known to be bipolar, and was hospitalized with mania. He also seemed to have some autistic traits. Also, his play "Suddenly, Last Summer" had as its central character a man named Sebastian, who was a thinly disguised Tennessee Williams, who predicted the day and manner of his own death, and described in the play his own neoteny(sp??), the right-brained trait of seeming and looking far younger than one's real age (which Williams felt was a special trait of both artists and gay men, which he was-- and considered this last group of people to rate high up on the "scale of transcendence"--i.e., creative vision, psi traits). It is too bad he cannot be worked into your book: I have written extensively on him, and find him to be the most daemonic of all Americans; many of his plays foretold future national trends. His play, "Streetcar Named Desire" is full of transcendent and prophetic vision. . Oh well, there are always other books and essays, etc. . .

Anthony Peake said...

How I miss things sometimes! About six months ago I saw a performance of 'Suddenly Last Summer' at Theatre Clywd in North Wales. I now remember that there was a lot of CTF clues in that performance. How annoying.Too late now as I am in the process of reading the proffs for the new book in the next few days.

It is still very exciting to know that the evidence for the theory is there to be seen.