An in-depth examination of the next wunderkind surrealist.
  1. "Sam" by Antonio (June 2, 2016)
    A modern-day masterpiece, that must be examined.
  2. The six fingers on my left hand represent the human desire for more time in our lives.
    We count things down with our fingers, but we are limited to only five fingers. Through the artists's surrealist scope, we can imagine a reality where there is one more second than we are allowed. Giving us the chance to do the things we lost time for.
  3. Then there are no fingers on the right hand. Juxtaposing the idea represented in the other hand, by saying that time does not matter and worrying about how it ticks away is futile.
    Antonio illustrates the inner battle within people between living in the moment and being aware of the ticking clock. With this hand he's saying that time is an illusion, and the more we worry about it the easier it slips away.
  4. The nest of messy hair represents the mental distress that rests atop our heads constantly.
    Our heads are a mess of thoughts and anxieties that don't always show on our face, but are ever-present, a burden on our thoughts. Sometimes impossible to tame, these inhibitions tangle and distract us and others from what we want to feel. Hair is one of the first things people notice, what Antonio understands is that our anxieties can cause transparency, and therefore make it harder to connect with people, even creating distance in budding relationships.
  5. The skewed eyes represent the clashing outlooks of humanity.
    The left eye sees the good in humanity, but the right eye is wary, constantly on edge from the onslaught of danger and deceit in the world. But they are connected by a single line (art historians believe this could have been the frame of the glasses). This line shows the two viewpoints are symbiotic with each other. The line is parallel to the mouth and shows that this balance is vital to the natural order. Everything relies on a balance of a cautionary eye and a compassionate eye.
  6. This statement is also reflected in the ears. The left eye and ear, both open to the good in the world, ready to take in the positive and negative.
    The left side shows the artist's hidden desire to be appreciative of everything and to pursue goodness in all aspects of his life.
  7. The right ear is closed off and razor-sharp. It has seen the world just as the right eye has, and has downsized its confidence in humanity.
    The harshened shape of the ear shows the importance of guarding one's self in times like these, creating a "weapon" upon the side of his subject's face.
  8. The mouth is like a modern-day Mona Lisa.
    It's slant represents the inclining positivity of humanity, and the slightly-wavering straightness shows the artist's conflict with sustaining a positive outlook on life. Does the inflexibility of the line reflect a sustained happiness? Or is it a masquerade for the artist's contempt for mundanity?
  9. The neck and body combination is a puzzling and complex piece of the puzzle that is "Sam."
    The funnel shape of the neck, pouring into the small sack of a body connected by all the limbs could represent the filtering of what we believe and what we hold dear. We intake so much over the course of our lives, but how much of that is genuine? How much do we hold dear? There is so much love in our lives, but the only love that stays with us is the unconditional kind. That is such a small amount, and yet it is vital to everything we do and every move we make.
  10. The legs, one deformed, and one straight. It is clear now that the whole subject is separated into hemispheres of a naive hope, and a battered defensiveness.
    The right leg has taken a beating, and yet it still steps with the leg that has yet to see the evils of the world. Showing us that there is still moving forward in this battle with the light and the dark. There is true balance, as the subject stands tall and steady.
  11. And here we have a cat.
    It's just a cat. Don't read so much into it. Geez.