no meaning saves a world of trouble

  • Painting: acrylic on canvas
  • Size: 42Hx32Wx2 inches

Lewis Carroll’s exploration of language and its usage is the foundation of some of the greatest advances in contemporary philosophy of language. But he is also acknowledged as an originator of the theatre of the absurd. His wordplay is perfectly nonsense and perfectly meaningful. It takes us to where we question our thoughts and makes us wonder where we are - linguistically, cognitively. Is what we are seeing, feeling, experiencing anything we are, in fact, seeing, feeling, experiencing. Is it that we are lost, and must come to realize that we are just the purveyors of communicative placeholders, to get us anywhere? The question is possibly unanswerable. But where are we?

During Alice’s trial, the questioning of the king makes this, and what we are truly experiencing in everyday life, perfectly clear. When talking to the jury Alice says, “If any of them can explain it, I’ll give him a sixpence. I don’t believe there’s an atom of meaning in it.” To which the king responds, “If there’s no meaning in it, that saves a world of trouble, you know, as we needn’t try to find any." It does save a world of trouble. As long as it makes sense, a meaningless world is wonderful. 

This painting is available only on 36Hx24W inches canvas prints. Original painting sold.


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