Pillars of Understanding by William D. Higginson
Through the immersive Virtual Reality experience of "Dreams of Dali," I engaged with Salvador Dali's distinctive lens on “Angelus,” which itself is a reimagined perspective on Jean-François Millet's original piece “The Angelus”, crafted between 1857 and 1859. This encounter not only enriched my admiration for Dali's artistic prowess but also prompted me to articulate my own contemplation on contemporary relationship dynamics and the profound potential of dialogue within our dynamic and evolving world.
My introduction to the world of Virtual Reality began with "Dreams of Dali," a program that showcased Dali's "Angelus." Despite lacking a formal art education, I found myself resonating with Dali's unique perspective. Little did I realize that Dali's take on the "Angelus" was just one interpretation of Jean-François Millet's original piece, crafted between 1857 and 1859.
Stepping into the virtual realm of this artwork was awe-inspiring. As I ascended the monumental figures, Dali's distant elephants paraded past, accompanied by the gentle whisper of a simulated summer breeze through my headphones. It was as though I stood within the very scene itself, an experience that deepened my admiration for Dali's artistic brilliance and left me yearning for more.
Empowered by Dali's unconventional view, I contributed my own perspective to the ongoing conversation. His intense theory on sexual tension prompted me to reflect on the pressures modern relationships face. As society's focus shifted from mere survival to the imperative of effective communication, I couldn't ignore the prevalent challenge we encounter in truly connecting with one another.
As an artist, I recognize the potential for dialogue to address global issues. Through "The Angelus," I found a medium to channel these reflections, echoing Dali's enduring influence. Just as Dali's artworks resonated across generations, my personal encounter with his creations drives a perspective aimed at fostering dialogue and understanding in our ever-evolving world. This encounter also highlights the pivotal role of building stronger bridges between individuals, fostering a more connected and empathetic society.
Oil on canvas
Size: 40"W x 60"H
Artist: William D. Higginson