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Coverdown: Freewheelin 223 / Freewheelin-on-line take 25
 

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The main feature of this month’s cover provides the final part of my Salvador Dalý trilogy. It is taken from a painting that the artist executed in 1929 and which he called ‘The Enigma of Desire – My Mother, My Mother, My Mother’. The most striking part of this painting is surely the lion’s head with it’s bared teeth and angry eyes. Apparently, prior to completing this study, Dalý had been reading a lot of Freud who wrote that the appearance of a wild animal, a lion for instance, represented sexual urges that a person was afraid of letting go. The matters of sexual urges and of letting go abound in the acts of conception and subsequent child birth and perhaps Dalý was thinking about the role of his mother in those acts when he set about this painting. 

In the foreground of this cover is the amazing sculpture ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ by Marc Quinn that will soon be pondered over by thousands of visitors to Trafalgar Square. Forget the triumphs of that famous Master of War on the top his column, this sculpture represents a real struggle and triumph in the face of human adversity. 

On the right, Dylan looks over at Alison’s condition and wonders what it would be like to get back to that state of pre-birth security inside the womb where what’s real and what is not really doesn’t matter. Intent on this journey, Dylan is just about to join the ultimate Time Traveller who will take him where ever he wants to go, although I doubt that the Doctor will permit smoking inside his Tardis. 

The framed photographs of Dylan on the bedroom wall at the back come from the advert which suggests that Dylan is promoting ladies garments. Now I wonder what his mother would have said about that!

 

Theo Casamegas

 
 
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