Forever/Between/Eternity #2- Between
May 19, 2021
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
The center panel of the triptych "Forever/Between/Eternity," this piece creates the space between Bogart and Bergman. Note that the butterflies do not have shadows - a decision Madison made to add a surreal element to this particular paradise. "As I was finishing this piece," says Madison, "I was finishing up a book by Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran and ran across an apropos passage that reads, 'In paradise, objects and beings, assaulted with light from all sides, cast no shadow.'"
The center panel creates division between the two portraits, representing the eternal division the characters experience; the paradise depicted in the center panel, the circulation of blue butterflies that can never land (notice the purposeful lack of legs), also speaks to that eternity of estrangement and a love that can never be.