Brain Food #549

We hover

Thoughts of the day

Sean Lander’s highly confessional form of art often consists of text-based compositions, unashamedly containing wry humour that ridicules his own personal life and artistic endeavours.

His piece We Hover, painted in 2020, captures the essence of being an artist, how when you make something it contains a piece of you, but you have to let it go. But it takes on a more significant meaning when considering the fact that it was painted in a year when the line between our own existence and non-existence often blurred, as more of our lives became virtual.

Though reminiscent of Caspar David Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, We Hover does not show man overpowering nature; it depicts a more honest approach, where we constantly strive not only to be, but also to be ourselves, despite the waves that keep coming at us.

If in the art of being we are constantly changing, shedding one existence while transitioning towards the next, a little honesty — also with ourselves — can go a long way.

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