La langue des oiseaux" is a French expression that translates to "the language of birds" in English. It is a term used to describe a poetic or mystical language, often used in spiritual or philosophical texts, that utilizes metaphor, symbolism, and wordplay to convey deeper meanings. The term derives from the belief that birds, with their ability to fly high in the sky and communicate across great distances, possess a special knowledge or wisdom that is inaccessible to humans.
The word AM-OUR: AM= Spirit (in french) - OUR= THE LIGHT which constitutes LIFE itself.
In the words of Khalil Gibran, "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens." The artist's connection with their higher self and the resulting painting exemplify this sentiment, as their attitude towards life and the world around them has been transformed by their realization of this connection.
Through the depiction of urban life as hell and family life and faith as love, the artist is highlighting the importance of perspective in shaping our experiences of the world. This is in line with Gibran's belief that "We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting." Through their connection with their higher self, the artist has discovered a new level of beauty and truth that they are expressing through their art.
The appearance of Mar-Charbel in the painting is a symbol of the artist's connection with the divine, as Gibran states, "Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror." The artist's painting process was a reflection of this, as they were fully immersed in their imaginary world while painting, reflecting the eternity of the divine.
In essence, Silhouettes N3: AM=OUR is a testament to the power of connection with the higher self and the resulting transformation of perspective and experience. It is a reflection of the beauty and truth that can be discovered through this connection and a reminder that our attitude toward life is what ultimately determines our experience of it.
Medium: Oil on canvas - Size: 160 cm x 540 cm - 86,400 cm2 Square Centimeters 60" x 216" = 12,900 Square Inch
Year: 2021 - Artist: Marianne Nems - Not Framed - Lot # 4301