- by Jean-Francois Podevin
from the LOST OCEANS arcana
THE ENIGMA OF DEPARTURE
With its cryptic elements, "The Enigma of Departure " which I titled this painting, has more to do with dream logic than real life. Like in a dream of flight: lean over the edge of the picture, leap forward, and be welcomed into the journey!
I hope it brings you back to a time before all things were described to you, a time of pure wordless emotional wonder, a time when if you got too close to a question, it would recoil like a sea-anemone.
The Tall Ship with Eight masts, (Le Navire a Huits Mats,) with its cargo of oceanic longings, is a recurring dream of mine. I've watched it docked in harbors, silhouetted against the horizon, moored in a tropical island cove, I've seen it as close as you see it in this picture.
As it appears to me , I become alert. euphoric, almost awake as if in a lucid dream. I run towards it before it sails away, but Invariably it is gone by the time I get there, and I become overwhelmed with regret. I feel as if this ship's withholds everything that I can wish for, if I only I knew what I wished for!
I revamped this image from its earlier version, by making it larger and more detailed in order to accommodate a larger size print requested by a client. It is part of a series from 1998 titled "Lost Oceans"- "Oceans Perdu."