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"All Turned Around NO.1", Unique Original Work, Encaustic Mixed-media, Price Upon Request

"All Turned Around NO.1", Unique Original Work, Encaustic Mixed-media, Price Upon Request

Size: 40x60

In "All Turned Around,” which is a large piece, the subject is presented almost life-size in a somewhat formal pose. But there’s a moment when the viewer can feel disconcerted when first observing the work. The body is facing us, but the head is turned around facing in the opposite direction. That confusion or disorientation is exactly what I intended. It is a social interpretation of how it feels to be a gay man with a strong masculine body yet there is conflict within. Often I hear a common theme with gay men who have worked very hard to enhance their bodies, sometimes to epic proportions. Most in their youth were bullied and singled out as queer, even at times before the person has self-identified. In their adult lives, they’ve chosen to work on their bodies as a form of protection, but in that common theme, I found many of the men cannot make their body perfect enough. There’s always more work to be done and perfected, often even to body dysmorphia.


I like to blur the lines of chronological and historical order, blending technology with a traditional encaustic surface. The execution of this work comes from two different inspirations, René Magritte with its obvious surreal nature, and the Dutch Masters. By placing him into a dark and moody background, “All Turned Around,” is reminiscent of Magritte who was a master of putting unrelated objects together.


The sonnet that companies:


a union that suggests the essential

myst’ry of the world. art is not an end  

in itself, but a means of evoking that mystery full

of things turned in a difference to bend



time to the inclusion of the sway pink

sways with time and counting the minute hand

is left unjust for censored versions sink

into the covered nakedness of man


not just any but the one we’re seeing

standing back in front, standing in the back

of being there in

front of his gleaming

tattooed on his left of right with no lack


of nakedness all turned around he’s stayed

in mystery evoking what we made.

—Terrel Hale



“It is a union that suggests the essential mystery of the world. Art for me is not an end in itself, but a means of evoking that mystery.

René Magritte on putting seemingly unrelated objects together in juxtaposition” -Glueck, Grace, "A Bottle Is a Bottle"; The New York Times, 19 December 1965.

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