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Drawings by Chris Madden October 1, 2014

Posted by anagasto in art, drawing.
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It is a cobweb called “The Web of Life” and it is spun by “the spider of death”. There are all the animals and the trees, flowers, and fish. There is also a penguin and a stork, a cat and a bird, and there aren’t any people. That is either nice or worse, because in some schemes people are such minor factors that they don’t have to be included in the final calculus :

………………..  Life is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.” — Shakespeare

All these creatures are caught in the web  and so they are only there to feed the spider of  Death.

This is what they mean by philosophical pessimism, mostly traced back to Luther and from there to Augustine and the Greeks.

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Here is also the “Finding your True Self” drawing  and “The Wise Man in the Mountains “.

The mountains are in Tibet, and you can see a businessman’s helicopter landing beside the guru’s cave. The businessman is looking for advice.

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And there is a stone age man with little hearts on his outfit. He is in a cave and they are teaching him cosmology.

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The Kite : it could be the European Community, for they have a blue flag with yellow stars and this was first published when they had a problem with the Irish who rejected their treaty draft. But it is part of a larger drawing where a man on Earth is pulling a string attached to the moon and so it is about the meaning of life, too.

There is  a rather complete modern art gallery :

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And as I looked more closely at that Web of Life drawing, I did find a human. He is so tiny that I took him for a penguin.

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Drawings by Chris Madden at

http://www.chrismadden.co.uk/index.html

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