50cm x 30cm - 2010
Sand, acrylic, iridescent paint
The seduction of colour: periwinkle. Jean Jacques Rousseau’s favourite shade, since it stands symbolically for the desire to leave a sweet recollection. A suave remembrance, such as the waves at sea, stirred by the tide. In Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Brutus tries to persuade Cassius to start battling against Octavius and Anthony by saying: “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.” In our lives we must grasp the tide when it comes our way, before losing the opportunity. Thus also other existences benefit from seized chances, maintaining a pleasurable memory of what came to pass.