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Epileptic Caesar by David Arms
Epileptic Caesar by David Arms

Epileptic Caesar, 2017

David Arms

In this complex collage, layers of disembodied arms line up as if to protect the woman in the center. A purple mask covers most of her face, her left eye is closed, and her left hand displays a painted eye. There are two other women near her head ⎯ an older one, behind, and a tiny one on her shoulder. What to make of this strange piece? The artist created it in the foggy aftermath of an epileptic seizure, letting his subconscious roam free as a refocusing practice. The woman at center represents the present, her closed eye and hand signaling that she can only truly see through shielded vision. The other two women are whispers from her past.

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