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On the Nature of Desire... by Christopher-Stoll On the Nature of Desire... by Christopher-Stoll
Love is derivative, like a reflection suspended inverted in the surface of a lake, a shadow, a bud birthed from the stem of a greater passion, but never the plant itself. This is because desire eclipses love, forming a core to our identities and actions that supersedes the more specific feeling of love.

Love is by its nature a subsidiary of lust. Of the desire to have.
Love is war, an imperialism of the soul. A struggle that demands endless proofs of subservience, wherein the ultimate goal is to receive the total surrender of another individual to your affections. Courtship like cannon-fire, and the nuclear arsenal of emotional turmoil always prepared to launch at the first sign of an escalating cold war.

If I am forced to represent the depths of human desire visually, it is the above. Destructive and lustful. A vision of pursuit and consumption.
A hunt for something beautiful that can only resolve with its absolute destruction.

-Happy (late) Valentines Day
Christopher Stoll

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offermoord Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
Featured in our monthly journal :iconthe-freek-show:
Christopher-Stoll Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Much appreciated!! :D
offermoord Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
You're very welcome!
themindvault Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is an incredible piece. I really like the texture you gave the dove. The really subtle and perfectly blended highlights with shadows, make his feathers very convincing. I also like the overall concept of the picture. With the mouths laughing (or trying to eat) the dove, it creates the feeling of something beautiful being abused. Nice work!
ALaughInHerEye Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I think that perhaps you miss the truth about love. There is a corruption in human speech that assigns that term to things that are not actually love. Love is a slippery and astounding gift. Only in moments of enlightenment does it exist in its honest form. Love is by its nature is unselfish, undesiring, and simply awe-filled at the magnificence of the recipient of love. The very phrase 'object of love' is a misnomer. Love does not objectify. Desire is ideally an altogether separate state that in my experience doesn't coexist very well with love in its purest and most honest form; but rather the two flux in and out of existence with one replacing the other--that is if the lover is even capable of love.

But that's just my opinion. I have yet to reach a place of enlightenment such that love is a state of being I can dwell in for as long as I would like. My lust and desire have such strong voice that I can't keep them silenced for long...
ObjectXraw Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I really like this picture.. Nice Work!
Meeoko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Writer
Beautifully done. The definition on the mouths really adds to the reality of human desire in particular; unignorable and forthcoming.
mariana-a Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing you did a great job representing the concept
DkarnDezolus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful, very poignant and well thought out and the description just adds to the already established melancholy mood. I love it ^^.
AshwinMathuria Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wat a concept!! negative still awsm!!:D
Kugglelovesanime9 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very poignant theme and tone. Though somewhat pessimistic in a way my dear friend. Almost saying human emotion tends to be rather ignominious more than anything.

Regardless of motive or reason however, this is an exceptional piece.
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