I’m uploading some images to whet my appetite and yours.
Caption is on the image. Think about Des Esseintes' turtle in A Rebours. Link "British and European Aesthetes, Decadents and Symbolists" blog with Chapter 5 of Huysmans' novel.
Link to Telles Fine Art
A very small sky with two birds at wing, possibly fleeing the wreckage of earth behind them or coming at us from hell above... link to "black-narcissus.com" Allen's website.
To me this painting is a very specific portrait, perhaps of something like driftwood. All the meat has been scraped away by time; these bone dry fibers are become memories. It presents itself in a foursquare manner, it has a landscape - a suggestion of a landscape - behind it and there is nothing between my body, my soul and this... thing. If there be ghosts, indeed. Nicely done Tom. Link to "Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists"