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SANTA FE REPORTER - MAY 7TH 2003

 

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By Angela Moore

 


Of "Orpheus," his painting on the cover, artist Geoffrey Laurence says, "In my paintings I try to deal with the underlying psychic implications of our modern consciousness and, perhaps in a small way lead to healing.

I was struck by the fact that truly mechanized killing was invented by the Nazis only 60 or so years ago. I feel that is why most of us feet overwhelmed by technology and that we have created a sort of uncontrallahle Frankenstein's monster we are unwilling to face in cast we are forever doomed to roam the underworld like Eurydice, wife of Orpheus, after being gazed upon by him.

I chose to make the figure cover her mouth in speechlessness. Even the Iraqi conflict was sanitized for our consumption, the on-the- scene reportage giving us no feeling at all of torn flesh and bleeding wounds. Unless we turn and face the monster and acknowledge what we have created, it will swallow us whole."

 
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