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Macondo 1

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2 Responses to “Macondo 1”

  1. on 10 Jul 2010 at 1:28 pm Gina Jacobson

    Hello Graham,

    I was wondering the inspiration for this piece or if there is any history behind it? I Immediately fell in love with this piece when I came across this on the internet as I was doing a google image search for jungle art. However I am curious about the man somewhat hidden in the jungle. Who is he? Why is he there?

  2. on 10 Jul 2010 at 7:11 pm Graham Brown

    Hi Gina
    Thanks for your interest.
    This image came about when friends from the rock band Coelacanth asked me to do a CD cover for them.
    They wanted something related to the Gabriel Garcia Marquez book ‘100 years of Solitude’ which is set in the fictional town of Macondo. The rain of yellow flowers happens in the book. I
    digitally collaged images from several old engravings, now in the public domain, adding some colour.
    The mysterious man in the trees was in one of the engravings, and I included him because he seemed to represent the indigenous people of the world, who are more intimately connected to their environment, witnessing the arrival of the European colonizers.
    The psychologist Carl Jung thought that such figures, when they appear in dreams, represent the shadow of the ego-self. The shadow archetype calls us to acknowledge the Unconscious elements of the psyche which the ego suppresses or ignors. The European man on the horse probably represents the ego-self then, I guess.

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