Coeur Handly drawings, digitally
Gold is one of these siderophile metals that should therefore be rare in the layers the nearest from the surface of the earth. If gold and metals of the platinum group are sought after metals, from a geological consideration they are very rare. And, the question of their origin remains unanswered.
When comparing rocks from Greenland, whose isotopic signatures are prior to the final bombardiment with modern earth specimens, the authors observe a decrease of thirteen parts per million in the ratios of tungsten.
This observation supports the theory according to which meteorites added extra material to the rocks that made the earth’s crust; among them: gold, platinum and iridium.
According to this article and other investigations, gold could come from meteorites via the sky. In a way, if considered from a symbolic or poetic angle, we can say that Gold is a gift from the sky.
Gold is neutral, neither good nor bad: it is an eternal tool man used to set up civilization. It is also central to many notions of human madness, prejudices and fantasies.
Gold is an international currency that is used as a payment means and as a reserve for the banks of the states that adopted it. Those in favour of the gold exchange standard assert that it enables to better resist to the increasing of credit and debt contrarily to paper money. Nowadays, the gold exchange standard is no more used whichever the country, it was replaced by paper money and its forced currency.
It is a simple portrait not to say poor, there are very few elements and a dull blue sky as a background. Regarding its composition, there is much to say. The picture starts at the top of the breast of the character, his face covers most of the space, the shape, elongated and vertical, leaves very little breathe on his sides.
This is not a classical frame: this elongated shape, this rectangle in which this portrait lays expresses excessiveness and fragility. It nears to excess, away from the stability of the classical golden rectangle. This elongation confines to unbalance, to hybris (: immoderation).
According to a similar process, if I compare the spaces that surround this character to those provided to the most famous classical portraits, we can see that I chose a more narrow frame. This engenders a subtle trouble, a somehow poor taste, a feeling of confinement far from that of refinement.
The lack of space around the character creates dizziness, some vague claustrophobia, some insidious oppression, a lack of intrinsic perspective.
There he is, posing, smiling, a gold bar is set across his face. This lingot goes out of his head and down to his mouth, it is perfectly set between the two diamonds that represent his eyes. It is as much a nose as a crest, it bestows an amazing style on him, puzzling although geometrical. It can also be perceived as a trunk or a horn.
This adds a primal, bestial dimension to the character, of a masquerade nature.
The state of nature is perverted. He should be dead. His apparent relaxation and his smile render his attitude supernatural, diabolical, that of a zombie.
It is as if the bar had fallen from the sky to come and set into his face. It could as well have come out of his mind to his face. Therefore the bar would be the expression of insane fever. Whatever happens, this shift, this physical alteration, happens painfully.
This pain is materialized by the blood flooding along this face.
To remain in the lexical field of the Sacred, we can talk about stigmas. In the Christian iconography, the crown, (lat. Aureola corona) is a kind of aura, frequently represented by a more or less hazy circle or disc, and from the Renaissance period, by an ellipse, a circle in perspective.
Horizontalness is replaced by verticalness, the symbol is reversed till its angular shape, far from the harmonies of a circle. During the Ancient Times, Eqyptians thought that gold had divine characteristics; they called it Gods’ flesh. There, flesh and gold are present, but there is no carnal union, rather a collision between two inevitably heterogeneous elements. His crown is a burden, a curse.
Two small circular diamonds are set under the arches of his eyebrows, they are his eyes. They symbolize blindness, he has lost his capability to see. He remains in a closed vision. His greed and his avarice have been materialized. He has become what they wanted him to, till coarse and absurd. Three thousand years ago, in India, diamond was represented as the fruit of stars or as coming from sacred sources. Then, it decorated religious things. Buddhist texts reveal its whole symbolism: see the sutra of the diamond which considers diamond as the Eternal Truth.
In Egypt, Greece, and Ancient Roma, it is considered chemically indestructible, and it represents God’s tears. There, they have left place to the absence of emotion, this character only suggests nothingness and aberration. Wearing a divine parure, he perhaps becomes a God, but a degenerate one: he becomes monstrous.