Someone recently pointed out that one can experience the world through visuo-emotional synaesthesia. That’s a pretty good description of what happens when I am painting these faces. There is also a kind of totemistic allusion going on here. A totem is like a spirit ancestor or an animal deity, in native tribes. Modernistic faces are like this for us, a mostly secularised people who have lost their previous link with the old forms of paleolithic spirituality. For me, its great that art can connect my friends, whether atheistic or agnostic, with this kind of numinous experience. What this means I think is that despite where we think we are philosophically, we are not that far from totem worship. What do you think?