“Can it be that I have not lived as one ought?” suddenly came into his head. “But how not so, when I’ve done everything as it should be done?”
― Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Title: “THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH, EDIT F”.
Creation Date: 12 Sept 2014.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
** When I created this Abstract Expressionism artwork, I thought of Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”, and the famous words of Ivan before his death, “Can it be that I have not lived as one ought?” Those words haunt me. And, if you look deeply into this artwork, you see two main containers. What if you spent your life in the small one, but really you could have lived a much more fulfilling life in the big container; however, you were afraid to make that journey to the bigger container because everything in the smaller container seemed right for your life, but things were missing – many things – you were just conforming to your environment. But, you had an idea that there may be something better and more fulfilling IF ONLY you would make that first step outside of the small container and then the next step, until you reached the bigger container, then you find out how much time you wasted in some comfort zone that was really a trap keeping you from moving forward to a better life. However, you suddenly discover that your life is coming to an end, and you realize that you never stepped outside your horrible comfort zone to explore new things – adventuring to the bigger container for example. That is why I feel comfortable about the title of this artwork and how it fits perfectly to make the story about the two containers in this artwork. **