Jan Cox


Print, 900 x 690 mm.
Materials: silkscreen on paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. S0491_31).

In this silkscreen print it is mainly the 'spiral eyes' that make it recognizable as a portrait.  Jan Cox portrays himself, but the spiral form also implicates the eyes of the observing viewer; eye and gaze.  Or put another way: here is the search of the subject for the lost object, the search of Orpheus for Eurydice.  As well, the mother's gaze as lost object is also rendered visual.  Psychoanalytically, these motifs might be explained in terms of the Oedipus complex: for Jan Cox that lost, constantly sought for object, may be found revealed in the mother's gaze.

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