Triptych of the self : encountering Elysium, Lisbon, and the unheimlich
Athey, Amanda M
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Following the logic of Fernando Pessoa’s semiheteronym, Bernardo Soares, the artist renders in a visual image the sensations of his emotional state. “I compose landscapes out of what I feel”, he declares, while simultaneously conveying the reader into his own physical landscape of the streets of Lisbon. The state of the self is reflected in the spaces that are inhabited, sought, created and reflected by the various personae represented in works by Rousseau, Pessoa and Lispector.