Be like a duck:
Calm on the surface, but
paddling like the dickens underneath.
What felt like a mini-vacation within my my week in Barcelona was a day trip to see all things Dali: his museum in Figueres, lunch at his hometown of Cadaques, and a peek inside his beach house in Port Ligat. The scenery outside Salvador Dali’s window allegedly inspired the landscape in The Persistence of Memory, his most iconic painting from 1931 when he developed his paranoiac-critical method entering a meditative state of self-induced psychotic hallucinations to create what he called hand-painted dream photographs.
Surrealism, Salvador Dali, and modern art in general can be too curious for some people, in the same way that the phenomenon of the duck face intrigues me.
By sucking in the cheeks and pushing out the lips to make them appear fuller, the cheekbones appear more prominent and the eyes wider. This contorts the face in line with the popular standards of feminine beauty. It is a caricature of a singular type of beauty that many of us can only dream of looking like. I’d turn blue sucking in my cheeks without a hint of cheekbone ever showing.
The fans of the duck face obviously like what they see, reveling in their power to change the architecture of what they can control: their face. Those who sit on the other side of the duck pond might consider what I admire in Dali and modern artists: The freedom of artistic expression trouncing all paranoid critics. At the end of the day, he or she who has the most fun, wins!
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