Salvador Dali and his creative/imaginative works started at a young age, but the artists somewhat led a double life after the passing of an older brother, before the artist Dali came into existence.
Living in a small town, Figueres in Northeast Spain. Dali was given the same name and or identity as his brother after his death, leading to somewhat of a double identity like the theoretical writings of W.E.B. Du Bois’ double-consciousness, the artists somewhat struggled with the reminding double identity — visiting his brother’s gravestone with inscribed “here lies…,” “Salvador Dali.”
It seems Dali was reborn after his own passing, but to the likings of his artistic expression during the Surrealist movement, Dali’s talent early on seems to be ambiguously catered by having a double life.
Starting at the age of three years old, the artist began to express himself in creative drawings and expressions.
The shy Dali made somewhat of an impression during his schooling in a rambunctious way. Randomly screaming chaotically and acting out violently by smashing into walls and inflicting self-harm.
When asked about the reasoning for his harmful nature, Dali simply stated, “because no one was paying attention to me.”
Striving for needed attention, the artist grew somewhat with an artiststic vanity. Dressing like former classical artists before him, wearing extravagant clothing not of his time period, along with his noticeable mustache. The artist’s work is more than comparable to his flamboyant lifestyle and identity.
The works of Dali during the Surrealist movement — including melting clocks and exaggerated dreamlike figures the artist is known for — seem to express a state of Stream-of-consciousness.
The coined phrase described by English authors, such as William Faulkner and his Novel, The Sound and The Fury, along with authors such as James Joyce style of writing is very thought provoking. The fictitious characters dialogue takes place in thought and mind while keeping the original rhetoric of conversing dialogue.
Like Surrealism and Stream-of-Consciousness the two creative artistic outlets seem to carry out the expression or imagination. Going hand-in-hand, a wide variety of Dali’s dreamlike works could be captioned by an awkward Stream-of-Conciousness state.
The critical theories of mind and identity through symbolism and expression can be carried out through an individuals life in various ways.
The last two issues of En La Calle’s first Volume express the ideas of identity through self-expression and is not only creating an identity for our publication, but as an artistic community as a whole.
Keep in best,
Juan R Govea
En La Calle Music & Lfestyle Magazine
:Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Marqués de Dalí de Púbol: 11 May 1904 – 23 January 1989.
Salvador Dali quotes:
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”
“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.”
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”
“The only difference between a madman and myself is that I am not mad”
“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.”
“At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.”
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.”
“The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”
photo from art archive: http://gaukartifact.com/2013/02/27/salvador-dali-1904-1989/