|Dali's The Great Masturbator (1928) with detail, Cocteau's Reveries of Opium (1938), and Giger's National Park (1975)|
a) 5th of November 2015:, I come to terms with the possibility that that Giger has turned the human uterus into a rollercoaster ride at a funfair, with all these strange ridges beckoning to be transformed into the track of something like a rollercoaster, with these curving pipes linking heads
b) 27th January, 2016: At the La Révolution surréaliste Facebook page, I discover an illustration by Jean Cocteau known as "Reveries of Opium", with ribbons turned into faces and it suddenly reminds me of the roller coaster landscape of National Park , especially with the vagina like form at the bottom right of Cocteau's drawing that turns up in the centre of Giger's painting. And there is the close proximity of Cocteau's drawing's central face to the the central ribbon (which was an idea that he returned to occasionally as Orpheus with his lyre) comparable to Giger's helmeted face at the top left of the painting with a round helmet on staring at something with legs, and as noted elsewhere on this blog, I believed he used the face from the sphinx of Ernst Fuchs Triumph of the Sphinx instead. The letters "Paris 1938" become transformed into strange bean like forms
|Jean Cocteau's Reveries of Opium (Source: http://catalogue.gazette-drouot.com/)|
|Orphée à la lyre... 1958. Jean Cocteau l'a réalisé aux crayons de couleurs |
et à la mine de plomb sur papier. Actuellement présenté à la vente
|Poster for La testament d'Orphée|
c) Children of Dali's The Great Masturbator
Seeing Cocteau's drawing immediately reminded me of Dali's The Great Masturbator from 1928, which shows on one side a woman appearing to sniff the crotch of a man who has his underpants on. There is also an orchid shape at the base of her neck and this appears to have been included in Cocteau's drawing. The shape of her head behind her neck has been transformed into a face
|c. i) Detail from Dali's The Great Masturbator (1928) and Jean Cocteau's|
"Reveries of Opium"
|c vii) The lily like form with the woman's hair merging with its top becomes the|
beaked skull pierced with the bone, inspired by another Dali illustration. The eye
of the skull becomes the circular form of the inner part of the lily while the
shadow of its stamen transforms into the shadowy interior of its ear. The lily also
becomes the strange bean with a cross shaped vaginal opening and the shape
above it transforms into another bean.
(see also: face mutating into bird skull by way of Salvador Dali)
|c. viii) The abstract rounded form with a hole in it becomes the shape of the|
crouched human being, the shadowy division on the left becomes his legs.
The branches on the right become the gun and the spikes emerging from his
|c. xi) The pebble turns into a crash helmet, the shadow on the left of it transforms|
into a serpent head
|c. xii) The on strand of the black bristle like hair turns into the spiky ear of this|
strange head. The rounded form which the multicoloured bristles outline become
the rounded mask on the grotesque face here.