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Published on Nov 21, 2013
We see here two paintings by the Belgian artist Erik Pevernagie: "Finally things had lost their weightiness" (three balloons) and "The unbearable heaviness of being" (Squatting girl). Lightness and weightiness are both linked to a philosophy of life. They are choices in life. These pictures translate the philosophical contradiction of lightness and heaviness. Heaviness can be the embodiment of a sense of responsibility. It can be the expression of maturity. It can be the result of profound meditation. It can be the emission of a search for meaning in life. But weightiness may also lead to a feeling of oppression when it is felt as a burden: an unbearable burden. In that case, time has come to release and get rid of a stuffy environment. Time to let loose, to liberate oneself and let go the balloons. In this way one can feel the fresh air of a new wind and dispose of the feeling of physical or mental dependence. Things lose then their gravity: the unbearable heaviness of being.