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Two Faced Clown (DS0004)

Two Faced Clown


by Deimon Slagg (DS0005, February 2020)
$35 + s/h. Mixed media, approx 6" x 10"

From The Life and Works of Deimon Slagg (Part Two, Chapter Two), by Anne Hollander, published 2147 AD:

"Two Faced Clown (DS0005) is the first work of Slagg's to feature the heart and footed cross. These are the oldest and most frequent symbols in the early volumes of Slagg's journal. The heart appears shortly before Slagg's birth in October of 2016 in the journal of his previous incarnation in this life, a fellow named Eric Pettifor. For a brief period both egos co-existed.

"The footed cross appears on the cover of the first full volume of the Journal of Deimon Slagg, titled Ecce Lupus Dei. Slagg didn't do the covers of his volumes, though, until they were done or nearly done. The footed cross first appears in an entry for December 8th, 2016. It appears in conjunction with the old crusader phrase, Deus Vult (God wills it). This phrase also appears on the cover.

"Interestingly, this occurs a few days after his psyche informed him that he was an artist. He wouldn't fully accept this for another three years as the volumes of his journal became ever fuller of art and illustration.


"From the 8th on, these two symbols frequently appear together. Indeed, the first appearance of the footed cross is accompanied by a small heart inscribed with the letters DV.


"Slagg understood the Christian significance of both symbols. The heart was related for him to both the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, while the cross stood for the Church. More broadly, they stood for soul and body, spirit and structure.

 

"Though initially intended as just a sketch for a journal image, he found he preferred it to the finished work which did not have the same life and energy, seeming more like mere illustration.

"The Journal contains many quotes, with the most frequent sources being William Shakespeare and David Bowie. The Bowie quote on Two Faced Clown is from his song titled Up the Hill Backwards."

As for the two faced clown itself, Slagg wrote that the image came to him when considering the lyric, as if to say it doesn't matter if the world compliments you or curses you, don't take it personally. It'll be alright.

 

 

 

Thanks to Mad Props of Calgary for the loan of the tambourine.