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We see here two paintings by the Belgian artist Erik Pevernagie: "Finally things had lost
their weightiness" (three balloons) and "The unbearable heaviness of being" (Squatting
girl). Lightness and weightiness are both linked
to a philosophy of life. They are choices in life.
These pictures translate the philosophical contradiction of lightness and heaviness.
Heaviness can be the embodiment of a sense of responsibility.
It can be the expression of maturity. It can be the result of profound meditation.
It can be the emission of a search for meaning in life.
But weightiness may also lead to a feeling of oppression when it is felt as a burden:
an unbearable burden. In that case, time has come to release and
get rid of a stuffy environment. Time to let loose, to liberate oneself and let go the
balloons. In this way one can feel the fresh air of
a new wind and dispose of the feeling of physical or mental dependence.
Things lose then their gravity: the unbearable heaviness of being.