Pie charts as aids to artistic sublimation interpretation!
I’m reading Eric R. Kandel’s The Age of Insight right now and enjoying it to bits. One thing I’ve learned so far is that Sigmund Freud said that all art is a sublimation (a different and loftier use) of the two primitive, instinctual drives of all human beings: the sexual drive and the aggression drive.
I thought, “That sounds about right, I guess, but how do we know which way an artist is leaning when he or she goes sublimating all over the place?”
So I busted out the Crayola Crayons and invented what I call the “Sex/Fight Pie”! Artists can draw these on the backs of their works and make the rest of us a whole lot less confused all the time. Now art lovers and art critics will know exactly what percentage of sex and aggression is being sublimated in each of an artist’s works. I hope they catch on!
There’s nothing more illuminating than a Sex/Fight Pie.