“Man is full of secret drawers, only to be opened by psychoanalysis.”
I’m rather tongue-tied and overcome in gazing the delicate marvel of this small but wonderfully expressive statue from the Parastone Museum 3D Collection, inspired by Salvadore Dali’s 1937 painting, The Burning Giraffe.
The sculpture’s tiny drawers aren’t functional of, course, but I’m envisioning all of dreams and stories and personal secrets and symbolism that I might squirrel away in their shadowy, imaginary recesses.
Dalí painted Burning Giraffe before his exile in the United States, and although he declared himself apolitical—”I am Dalí, and only that”—Burning Giraffe is said to express his personal struggle with the battle in his home country.
The image is set in a twilight atmosphere with deep blue sky. There are two female figures in the foreground, one with drawers opening from her side like a chest. Characteristic are the opened drawers in the blue female figure, which Dalí on a later date described as “Femme-coccyx” (tail bone woman) a phenomenal influenced by Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytical method, much admired by Dalí. He regarded him as an enormous step forward for civilization, as shown in the following quote: “The only difference between immortal Greece and our era is Sigmund Freud who discovered that the human body… is now filled with secret drawers only to be opened through psychoanalysis”.
The opened drawers in this expressive, propped up female figure, then, refer to the inner subconscious within man. In Dalí’s own words, his paintings form “a kind of allegory which serves to illustrate a certain insight, to follow the numerous narcissistic smells which ascend from each of our drawers.”
What secrets, symbols, or “narcissistic smells” would you slip into these diminutive drawers? What subconscious missives or insights will you discover in those dim hollows in the years after you’ve forgotten their concealment?
These are the things one ponders whilst in the midst of a feverish impulse purchase frenzy, you know?
Material : Collectible quality, resin with hand-painted color details, matte and glossy finish. Statue replica is from the highly collectible Parastone Museum 3D Collection.
Included : Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.