Surreal Abstract Seashell With Rectangles

Red seashell collage with rectangular shapes on blue background. Surreal abstract art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Fugue Mechanics. I’m alluding to the psychiatric sense of fugue here—a state in which someone is apparently conscious of what they’re doing, but has no recollection afterward.

Consciousness, thinking, and brain function are mysterious, and when they go wrong, eery. And mystery and eeriness are two key aspects of surreal art.

Thus if I was to choose a single concept for all my surreal abstracts, it’d be the visual representation of mental workings and brain-states. It’s what consistently comes to mind when I look at them. However, to avoid being parochial in the poetry of my titling I seldom reflect that in my image names. There’s way too much fun to be had in other directions to constantly invoke the same concept.

This is image one of two: there’s a black and white version named Fugue Mechanics in Black. The base seashell photo is also used in Rosa.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

Stay Up To Date

If you liked this, sign up to my newsletter and I'll let you know about new work.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *