“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” – Salvador Dalí

I’m quite a fan of Salvador Dali’s work, mainly because of the absolutely amazing detail of his dream-like paintings, and he is, after all, considered one of the lead thinkers of the Surrealism movement. I don’t really want to go too much into detail and  analyse his paintings too much, as there are plenty of expert opinions on this subject. Just wanted to pick out a detail of one of his most famous pieces, ‘The Persistence of Memory‘, which explores dreams, unreality and the fluidity of time. I liked the melting clocks in this piece, as it was a concept which is rich with meaning, showing how hard objects are shown as fluid and limp, and time itself becomes confusing. I explored this subject a few years ago when looking at Dali’s work, and tried to do a few imitations of my own of the famous clocks:

I then tried to incorporate the same fluidity and limpness into other solid objects to see the result of how they would ‘melt’:

Although not all of my attempts with different objects were successful, it was a good way of seeing how they may look if they were fluid. I also tried to use different media to see if this would influence the looks of the object. I like the last two the most, as these give a real ‘melted’ look and seem a bit more solid than the previous designs.

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