This in no way states the truth of the Mona Lisa, it just states my truth of it. Everyone’s opinion is different as we experience differently. This is my unique insight on it. I just enjoy sharing my thoughts with you folks as we are all entitled to our own.
The Portrait speaks to me and thus it is my duty to put it down in words. This is a contrivable and conceivable personal interpretation as if you are familiar with my work, I am a vessel that writes, but certainly not the writer. The words will now flow in a natural manner like nature by allowing my cognition to interconnect with Leonardo da Vinci’s strong imagery depicting nature’s love for humans and its “should be” relationship.
A play of words to exemplify Leonardo’s love for Humans and Nature
Nature wears a silky smooth satin that wraps us humans in a warm embrace. Its like that of a mother who sees her child cold and in need and so cannot resist but to keep him warm with a kind blanket that over floods the child with safety and keeps the head a float. The sound sleep of a child can only be heard by the mother in a secret lullaby that leads her to not fall asleep but to rise into the heavens of a calm and serene dream. A dream of her baby’s innocent and teasing soft whisper. However we as children of sacred nature do not whisper but blare out blasphemous voices with nature still ever forgiving and ever caring. Hence I pray that you do not crucify nature. Now that we have a brief background on our involvement and coexisting relationship with nature let us move on to the nature of the painting.
My interpretation of this work of art is in its complexity of meaning that can be derived from its simplicity of the subject painted. This in itself strikes a thought of conveying to us that to be simple is complex. Most of us find it excruciatingly difficult to lead a simple life as our head is drilled towards thinking about painting a beautiful and difficult portrait of our careers, without leaving out our concern for the unimportant borders which we feel needs to have immaculate edges and curves with no fault to the frame.
On the background of the painting, lets introspect the valley painted to the left of Mona Lisa’s shoulder. Its opposite letter ” S” shape of a path allows me to believe that its meaning connects to our difficult journey through life and how many twists and turns it takes in all aspects to reach our “so called ” destination. The valley ends in between a crowd of trees. The trees symbolise people, figments of success that you hold ever so tightly and important figures in your life to which you have always looked up to. They are crowded around you showering their praise and blessings. This happiness leads you to the blue river which is painted to make you feel as though your smooth sailing through life having everything you worked hard for. As you sail through the left of the painting you see more trees of people, figments of success and important figures. Your boat is very close to them, in fact dangerously so, to the extent that you may run aground. Ironically your roots are not grounded in this state of life. whilst sailing in this delusion, you look opposite from the trees and ruminate into past thoughts to consolidate yourself that the American dream that your living right now is better then your past and that the taste of water that splashes from speed sailing soaks your tongue with more excitement and wonder then it did when sailing in the past. However the water is all the same. Your past is painted skilfully on the right side of the portrait in the section where there is barren land with no trees. This section of the past is where you had sailed many times, and sought that no one was looking at you in admiration. This inherently exposes our interpretation of reality, that sees the land of the past as barren and the land of success fame and fortune as a pedestal and pillar by which we abide. What is strange is that our perception is modelled by the general perception of the world, and this model is played and followed in our subconscious. Let me back this up with proof and reveal your subconscious to you.
Earlier I mentioned the section where there is barren land with no trees, and your eyes found that section in the painting. The question is why did your eyes pick that up?
It did so because we compare and see what we are told to see. Thus you located the seemingly “barren land” by comparing it with fame success and praise on the other side. The barren land in its intrinsic quality is not at all barren and is painted with a fertile green and brown. In looking at the other side our subconscious is made to see more as great and less as ugly. If the left side of the land was painted flatter then the right side, then the right side which was apparently barren would look fertile and a blossoming place to be. Its a matter of perspective. It would be better to see and appreciate the less, as less is always more. I believe in the minimalist philosophy yet in my application to life, I tend to see the right section as barren too and so I am slowly learning to practice what I preach. Its all up to you which side you choose or whether there is a side to choose from?
Eventually the praise, success, materialistic value holds no value to you, as boredom arises and increases with each tick of the hand, that crushes the time of your clock. As your sailing across the left, Your long hand reaches out to the far end of the river, towards the ocean and imagines itself holding another island in its palms (The island situated tall at the far end of the right side in the painting, next to Mona Lisa’s top right part of the head). The skin on your hand shows “ambition” but beneath the skin hidden in plain sight, the bloody letters do not reveal the words “GREED”. Ambition is great but distinguishing between greed and ambition is tough as there is a fine line. There is a fine thread when your sewing the skin of your hands together to conceal the truth , and as the needle pricks you, you see the words greed. The sudden prick of pain is something we do not want to experience, and so we conceal it in a locked box labelled subconscious and swallow the key, not realising that we are chocking with emotion. Instead lets maybe look and experience the prick, to face it and move forward rather then jumping into a huge wound by running away from it. Would you rather a prick or a stich, its your choice?
As you sail to the new island, your iris in actuality reflects the gold from the sun, but in vain as you pull out your pocket mirror, you see facing you, eyes focused with gold dollar signs. In this money makes madness of a journey, You spend days, months and eventually years travelling towards the new island of your dreams where you dream of trees bigger then before, your name, the sign of Hollywood, you name it? Unfortunately, your dreams take in the daylight, but not your eyes, and the night takes in reality of which your eyes sleep through. Whatever happened to leaving your dreams for the night and staying awake during the day. Personally I dream too and writing allows me to understand myself and my flaws, in order to correct them by bringing it into the sunlight. what I wanted to convey here is to live the dream during the day and dream during the night.
Your old now and your boat is as wrinkly as you, you lay there with infested dreams. You look up into the clouds with a cloudy sense of reality and then you ask god ” Why am I not able to reach the island of my dreams”, not realising that the answer is in the question itself as its a island in your dreams, a falsity or shall I say a fall-city of the mind. You do not give up and with wrinkly sagging arms and weak hands, you hold the idea of the island and with much strain like a weight lifter, you try to pick it up and raise it above your head. In doing so you do not realise that your voice box is a soft whimper of a dying dog, not fuelled with the youth full energy of a lions roar. The vein in your forehead begins to pulse, trying to let the truth full blood come out, it then screams “let me out, let him see the truth in my blood, the “greed” and the want for more”. The red blood cells form an army and come together as small troops (otherwise known as blood clothes), protesting against the illusion of man kind. “POP”. The heavy weight of the island drops from your hand. Now numb with emotion you begin to see the island vanish and then you realise that you were in a desert all along chasing mirages.
There is a small bridge painted on the Right side of Mona Lisa’s shoulder in the background. There is a certain humour to man kind and that is to complicate and create a difficult journey rather then to see the most simplistic and obvious route, One that simplifies purpose and brings joy. First of all there is a pain staking effort involved when it comes to making a bridge, but in this painting the bridge held no purpose for there was land below. Thus walking on land and walking on the bridge would still lead to the same result yet man made the bridge to complicate his journey when the destination could be reached by walking on land. The bridge had no purpose, unless the ulterior motive was to differentiate one man from another. Its quite childish to see a man on top of a bridge with his ego held high into the breeze, only to seek satisfaction in looking down and ridiculing the man below. However I am sure we do not see that in the modern world that we live in today (scoffs). The bridge in this case serving no purpose only bridges the gap between people. The synonym” bridges the gap” has its defined meaning but my perception of this synonym is to be taken out of context from this prescribed definition. To me it simply means to complicate relationships between people. Its like “another” thinking their more complex then “another”, but the word “another” is essentially the same. To add more clarity to this, I feel that we do not have an upper hand, we all have the same hand. Its very simple. Personally I find it hard to follow but I think if I did I would definitely be a monk.
Some may argue that the bridge was created for the purpose of aesthetics for everyone and I would counter that by saying, what may be beautiful to you may not be beautiful to everyone else. So whomsoever created the bridge out of appeal could create it by his own appeal to self interest rather then a collective perception of beauty. Thus it is a complexity as isn’t the creation of land an artistic creation by our creator that appeals to everyone, in fact a simple one, so why build unnecessary bridges when we can hold hands and walk on our collective journey. That would be a beautiful painting and a simple one indeed.
Some may argue that the bridge was created so that we could appreciate nature at a certain height, sight seeing we call it. However there are hills and mountains that already do the job. Sometimes nature is sacrificed for bridges . If you really look at it we complicate everything even the word bridge is defined as a structure carrying a road, path, railway, etc. across a river, road, or other obstacle. Yet bridges are created for other purposes that do not define the purpose of the bridge itself. If we really were to admire nature I personally feel the world wouldn’t be such a mechanical one, and if we really were to admire nature, we could admire it the way nature intended us to admire it, quite naturally in fact and quite simple indeed. Nature allows us to build out of selfless love and with no expectation of receiving anything in return and then nature is exploited and killed. So Lets focus on building bridges for its sole purpose, to “help people” get to places conveniently. Rather then getting carried away into building bridges that serves no crucial purpose. We have to keep a balance between our human needs and nature. This painting of the Bridge “bridges the gap”( used in its original terminology this time) of Leonardo’s purpose to connect nature with human kind and showcases natures love for humans and its “should be” relationship.
DESCRIBING THE MONA LISA HER SELF.
She sits there not dwelling on a reality behind her as her eyes are looking at another. Her eyes and facial features pose a soft and relaxing fragrance on those who embark on a journey of getting a chance to meet her. The shade above her eyes evoke a fizzling sensation that automatically urges us to see her brown iris with such a gentle strength. I feel stars all around my eyes when I am drawn into hers. Her kind spirit brings me to a state of reality where literally everything around me dissolves and quivers for a short instance. Automatically my existence is pulled closer to her by invisible strings of purity. Her mouth doesn’t move and in that stillness, she smiles the words of love.
Do you remember when I asked you this question.
Its all up to you which side you choose or whether there is a side to choose from and its your freedom to choose?
Please focus on the bold portion of the question
The answer is in the positioning of Mona Lisa which I believe portrays her unconnected ties with the world behind her. She is away from the confusion of life which simply means that she is away from the background in the painting. Life does not grip on to the simplicity of her and the authenticity of her nature. This in turn allows us to dive deeper into her authenticity making us see her as real and her background a portrait. If you look at the background you begin to see the faded and illusory touch to it as compared to the clarity to which she is painted. All of these minute details created for us to see her as a reality and a living image where as the background as Maya(illusion) is always missing a piece of the puzzle. Aren’t you always missing a piece of your puzzle?
At every stand point in my life which unfortunately I am closely associated with, I always find my self in constant hunger even when my plate is full, I tend to go to the kitchen to see if there is more food. But when I look at the Mona Lisa it reminds me that, there was never a plate, never a need to be so hungry, but a need to look at her as a image of reality, as a women that is awakened who sees no sides and no geometrical angles, except the full 360 angle where in a holistic perspective lies. Due to her whole full holiness, haven’t you noticed that she smiles the same smile to everyone equally. There is no differentiation but a shared unity. I believe that answers the question.
lastly this was painted in the Renaissance period, where there was a transition from the medieval world to the modern world and so I believe Mona Lisa is looking at the modern world and that’s why her image is ever captivating to our modern eyes. We are the modern world to which she is looking at, we are part of that painting, and since we coexist with the underlying meaning of the painting, we thus become attached to it. She marks the transition between the medieval world which is her background and our world. She looks at us as a living example of empathy to constantly remind us in terms of how we should live in our world. As you can see in this painting, our world is forever changing in colour, texture and character. Thus it is not painted, as it is for us to hold the brush. However her background, the medieval era is painted and thus made permanent, stating that the past can never be changed. She does not involve her self with that past, she looks to us quite deeply holding our stare to which ever direction we move, in a way that she has a close connection to us. Leonardo Da Vinci has painted a goddess, because of her qualities . She is firstly in between realities and thus sits with a still consciousness and immortality , excepting and loving of all, connected to our modern world, yet disconnected from it. Able to see through us, Able to exist and move us without a single movement. Able to love a criminal and a saint all the same. I could go on for centuries and years but I am going to stop now as well YOU GET THE POINT.
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My name is Param Amar Mirpuri and I am a professional Dancer, Writer, Orator and I work with Spoken Word.
I have been training for over 10 years. I am a professional Solo Freestyle Dancer and B boy that inculcates acting and character roles when I dance. I dance to all forms of music and can also dance to Bollywood music, showcasing Hip Hop to Bollywood beats and lyrics. This creates a fusion of Indian culture and Hip Hop. I have performed for a multitude of Events, Commercials, Shows and Competitions In India. I have now shifted to North London as a UK citizen to pursue dance further. Below are YouTube links that display my Impromptu dance form.