Shelter From the Storm

Shelter From the Storm

1982, oil on canvas, 22" x 29"

This work is based on the Bob Dylan song of the same name. Although I had done "lyric illustrations" before, I was becoming aware of the fact that more abstracted lyrics could open the door to greater freedom of interpretation for me. With Dylan, I found a perfect foil: his lyrics are often densely packed with visual imagery, but the overall meaning of the song often remains cryptic. In this case, the figure lying on the ground is struggling from the storm of a past relationship to the shelter offered by a future companion. As Dylan put it:

'Twas in another lifetime,
One of toil and blood,
When blackness was a virtue,
The road was full of mud.
I came in from the wilderness,
A creature void of form.
"Come in," she said,
"I'll give you shelter from the storm."

Lyrics by Bob Dylan © 1974 Ram's Horn Music.

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