Richard Overfield | A Secret Place
oil on linen gold leaf | 1992
Here is the text to “A Secret Place”
He wanted to fly. He did not want to be flown & he certainly did not want to enter a mechanical device & ride it through the air. He simply wanted to leap into the air & fly wherever he felt like flying. Kith & kin universally dismissed what to him was less a dream, or a vision, than it was a predetermined & fixed destiny.
The painting is about a dream I had based on, or linked (I think) to the death of my father & a very close friend whose death whose death occurred years later. It’s not about grief. The dream involved a person unfamiliar to me standing on a cliff at the edge of a forest overlooking a valley located in a remote place away from cities & towns. I somehow have grown Pterodactyl type wings & I am flying across the valley. I am more or less convinced, but I am not certain, the person hasn’t seen me yet. I think the dream was about coping with painful loss, but the painting is about what comes next after a life ends.