My grandmother had a book from the Readers digest. It had lots of old wives tales in it, one that always stuck in my mind, was about how trustworthy a person based on the size of the half moons in their fingernails. While the story is total hogswash and there are many reasons for the half moons being present or not, this picture immediately reminded me of the book and its many little quirky facts.
Galieote paints everyday secrets and little fantasy moments. He captures the secret emotions and hidden thoughts of his subjects and leaves the viewer to interpret what is happening in his paintings on their own.
I really love the facial expression captured in this picture. Almost as though she has heard a really juicy piece of gossip, or listening to her next door neighbours having an intimate argument. The glass in the picture, has echoes of Escher in the way in which it distorts her hand and the wall paper as it fractures the light and conveys the messages from another room.
It’s a rather simplistic painting as first glance, it’s a face with a glass, but the message and thoughts it provokes is enormous, allowing the audience to make us their own stories, and ultimately what more is art, if not to invoke thought?
Galieote says “I love the idea of painting peoples secrets or secret thoughts. I think we all have thoughts that we may/may not say aloud or have thoughts which are acted out in some way. Of course, these intrusive thoughts, as they are called by psychologists, remain only our thoughts that no one hears about and remain with the person as a secret. With my paintings, I try to touch this nerve that everyone can relate to in some way.”
I think Galieote achieves painting the secret thoughts, or secret actions, presenting the audiences with an voyeuristic view of others inner depths.
The work is timeless with nothing to date the paintings one way or the other, and really portrays the universal acts which come as human nature.
What do you think the woman in the painting is listening to? Why not give me your theories in the comments?