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Hilma af Klint, "Gollum", (Parcifal Series, Group 1, No. 3)

Parcifal, Gr.1 No. 3, Hilma af Klint

By on 9 May 2020

Parcifal, Gr.1 No. 3, Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint, "Gollum"

(Parcifal series, group 1, no. 3, October 1916. Watercolour on paper, 25 x 26, by Hilma af Klint)

"Gollum" can be called this painting by Hilma af Klint. For like Tolkien's character Gollum, it vividly depicts the addicted human being.

The image appears in these posts so far:
The liberation from the mother
The Drive - Domination of the Body and the Unconscious

Gollum - the addicted human

Besesssen from "Ring of Power

"Gollum" is the name of an extremely ambivalent character in the epic film "The Lord of the Rings" based on the trilogy by H.R. Tolkien. Gollum is completely obsessed with the one ring of power he calls his "treasure". The ring stands for power in a broader sense and for sexual intercourse in a narrower sense (penetration with the finger, see Insignia of Power).

The dependent human being ("gollum"!) as depicted by Hilma af Klint

This picture by Hilma af Klint was chosen to represent the dependent human being who has no life of his own within him. That is why he is dependent on "sucking" life force (blood).

The egg represents a mother form, the four squares in the egg symbolise wholeness (the four elements). Dependence is underlined by the naked, gaunt figure. She is naked, like an infant, but in an adult body.

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