Bas Jan ader- Broken fall

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I can’t say that this artist is my favorite or that I fully understand the work of his that I’ve seen so far. What is clear to me is that Bas is extremely fixated on emotional expression and conveying true human emotions with still frame images. I believe he is often trying to emphasize our emotional fragility as humans and that we often require specific care and environmental conditions to keep us mentally stable. In this image, the conditions he needs in order to avoid serious injury from a fall (perhaps a metaphor for heartbreak) is water or soft herbaceous plants to cusion his landing. perhaps nature serves as an emotional cushion as well as physical, due to the peace many of us feel when in the presence of natural beauty and fresh air.

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