"Allegory of the Cave 2021"

“Allegory of the Cave” 20x32” (golden ratio) Acrylic on wood. 2020

This painting has been incubating in my mind for almost 20 years. As a teenager, I didn’t understand why the world was so messed up. I blamed people, as individuals, for the things they do to animals, each other, and the planet we all share. It wasn’t until I was 18 that I took psychedelic mushrooms for the first time, overlooking the city I grew up in from a hilltop that I really understood Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave”

To crudely summarize it; there’s a hypothetical group of people who live in a cave and never look tow
People watching the shadows on the wall (and self portrait)
Person seeing the "real world" for the first time
The light of truth. note the path leading to it, but never eeaching
Cave beyond the cave. energetic representation imitating the "world of form"
Crystal cave - intimating that the cave is perhaps intelligent
"Plato was here" - oldschool grafiti