I like to think and reinterpret most things I see and hear in life and apply it to my paintings. Psychologically, I appreciate the work of Alfred Hitchcock and the way he used the camera lens to allow the viewer to interpret his own thoughts and views of what may or may not have happened. He had confidence in the viewer to think for himself.
Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” is probably my most favorite philosophical exploration, and somewhat recently discovered that John Lennon’s song “Watching the Wheels” has a direct reference to the “Allegory of the Cave.” It is found in the 2nd verse. See following :
“People say I’m lazy dreaming my life away,
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me,
When I tell them that I’m doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball”
Maria Maneos lives and works in North Wales, Pa – a suburb of the Philadelphia area. She works mainly in oil paints. Maneos has earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Arcadia University located in Glenside, Pa and accomplished her Masters of Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts located in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been shown extensively in the Philadelphia area in such galleries as Artists’ House in Old City and recently showing in many New York galleries. In 2013 she started a small art class that was held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility; today it has become its own nonprofit titled, Brush With the Law.
Before Night Falls
I am that angry and lonely child of always,
That throws you the insult of that angry child of always and warns you:
If hypocritically you pat me on the head
I would take that opportunity to steal your wallet.
I am that child of always
before the panorama of imminent terror,
imminent leprosy, imminent fleas,
of offenses and the imminent crime.
I am that repulsive child that improvises a bed
out of an old cardboard box and walls,
certain that you will accompany me.
Arenas’ Reading from the movie ” Before Night Falls”