Keep Calm cheekily pictures the chaos of an inflating body stilled before the moment of its eruption. Eyeglasses fall off a figure’s face, his bracelet floats midair, his belt is undone, as the buttons on his suit jacket seem about to pop. Despite the outward pressure of his swelling physical form, a more subtle movement is suggested by the curved position of his legs and head: the figure seems to be set in rotation. Against the strict rhomboid geometry of the picture’s frame, the body’s rotation insinuates the possibility of an internal subjectivity that transforms due to its external circumstances.
Oil on Canvas