2011 – 2012


Inspirations to a song of Bob Dylan

The song “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” was written and sung by Bob Dylan for the soundtrack of the film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” (1973) directed by Sam Peckinpah. The song describes the final moments of a dying deputy who has no further use for his badge and guns.

For the artist Romana G. Brunnauer the meaning of the song is as current as ever but her interpretation does not restrict itself to the political pacifistic meaning. In her view, it also touches on profoundly human issues such as “hope and fear” and “change and liberation” which she captures in her creative process and manages to express so picturesquely.

Elisa Betancort, a Lanzarote artist, comments on the work:

How splendid and full of promise the afternoon would have been, had it not been for the black smoke rising in the distance, from weapons made by men to kill other men.
This is how a creative message might begin, so simple and naive, without a trace of aesthetic harmony. But this is not the case.

Harmony emerges from the way in which the artist conveys her message. Despite the fact that she investigates the unfathomable paths of violence, she has for many years been making her own way as an individual and collective pacifist. On a visual level she is prepared to defend the welfare of mankind in any battle.

Right from the outset her painting explodes, and I suspect that it will move into areas still unknown to her. And she too will go the same way as those, in search of lost souls, in the hope of finding the peace we all so desperately need.

Elisa Betancort