This painting is about comparing memory to an archaeological dig or more specifically, to a textured rock face with multiple layers. You have heard the quote “We contain multitudes”. In the same way, the Self contains many layers of history and memory. Psychotherapists and novelists, for example, try to uncover these things. Much remains unconscious forever until a movement in the strata reveals a new perspective that was once hidden below. Dreams reveal these secrets every night, but we usually forget their contents and fall back into the amnesia of everyday life.