Fifty shades of emerald and ruby, or “Let’s Play Master and Servant”
The same day as the premiere of movie 50 Shades of Grey i have coincidentally finished my “Venus in Furs”, which i had conceived this summer and has a florentine starlet Anna Rosa as a muse and model. The novel takes place in Austria and culminates in Florence, and the painting is a tribute to later, where i stayed for the last year. To the contrast of shades of grey which imply escape from initial boredom, i chose shades of ruby (passion) and emerald (healing). The forgotten novel is as far from being a praise of carnal indulgence as “50 shades of grey” from having a healing catharsis (mind, i have not read the book or seen the movie, neither am i going to, but my mom has, skipping pages, and quickly moved to “Map and Territory” by Huillebeck).
“Venus in Furs” is a meditation on inability of crippled humans to engage into relationships based on spiritual and sexual equality, and inner necessity to fall into position of either submission or domination. The main character, a bacchanal goddess, is begged by her admirer to act as the wrathful aspect of Venus, the role which eventually corrupts her, making her lose beauty, innocence and joy of spirit. But, being a true goddess, she eventually heals poor Severin by dragging him through an emotional electrotherapy shock. She happily marries a “Man enough”, who fairly soon dies leaving her a fortune, he retires to live with his eldery father and to take care of estate.
It is also a tribute to the Velvet Underground song “Venus in Furs” which has an unnoticed line “and cure his heart”.
PS And, just a few days after the controversial premiere, the following article/book review came into print. I find it mirroring my thoughts, but solely focusing on breaking up with Victorian Values. I must correct, Submision-Domination pattern is not a prerogative of christianity, it is prevailing in Macho latin communities, Muslim world, and as reversed poles, in Western neo-feminism as desperately voiced in Lenny Kravitz hymn “American Woman, get away from me, American woman, mama let me be.”
Manifesto for a new sexual revolution by Lynn Segal review