For my new book THE HERMITS’ HANDSHAKE
I descend into existential loneliness or silence.
I am convinced that we shape our lives on the basis of this depth that is often experienced as frightening.
I have been working on a series of paintings on paper in which I explore this abyss of solitude.
THE HERMITS’ HANDSHAKE is designed as a linen covered slipcase
containing twenty-four loose leaf reproductions of the paintings.
In order to approach the original as close as possible the works, both front and back, are depicted in true size.
Thus, the works can be experienced as a multicolor and merciful encounter with solitude.
An important lesson that solitude teaches us
is to allow ‘releasement’ or in German ‘Gelassenheit’ (Meister Eckhart and Martin Heidegger).
In an written exchange with philosopher of culture Gerard Visser I discuss the condition of ‘releasement’ in relation to my painting.
This correspondence comes in a separate textbook inside the slipcase.
© George Meertens, Breda (NL) and Visegrád (HU), May 2023
THE HERMITS’ HANDSHAKE
book € 80,-
book + randomly chosen original work € 250,-
book + original work depicted in the book € 450,-