Salvador Dali ” Persistence of Memory” twist

miley twerking

In this oil on canvas painting by Salvador Dali in 1931 the theme one could argue is time and possibly the stillness. The landscape seems quiet and not full of motion. The three clocks are in an awkward position with no perfect recognition of the time or the hands moving. One then sees what seems to be ants on the bottom left corner, swarming on an object. This also indicates time and possibly the amount of time these items have been placed their. However, before one even looks at Miley Cyrus twerking ( which is impossible not to0) the picture itself already portrays confusion. The setting of this picture does not seem tropical but dry, things seem unreal and out of their formal context except for the landscape in the background. It seems as if the function of this image is to play off the idea of reality. Time zones or going off of the title ” The Persistence Of Memory”.

Now Miley being the only noticeable human in the picture is not fully clothed, and doing her famous Video Music Award Performance on a poll or tree stump. It is very out of place but also mocking our culture today. Makes one wonder about their memory alone, or what our society wants us to remember. The idea that things are not calm and possibly peaceful, Miley becomes the only object that is not still. Miley is indeed representing our time and culture. As mentioned in Sturken and Cartwright, Cultural appropriation is changing the meaning of cultural products, slogans, images, or elements of fashion”(83). This certainly changes the idea of all these elements, the original picture does not even hold the same meaning. Instead one sees the idea of a double meaning of reality in an unusual slow state and then modern reality now.

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One comment

  1. I think that this is a very interesting picture. I like how the artists uses an old picture and then by using a now-a-days celebrity changes the whole meaning of the picture. I like how the poster talked about movement and time. I think that Miley was intended to be the first thing that the viewer would see due to the color of her clothes/skin showing and also the movement of her butt. She is clearly out of place in this photo being a classic work of art changed to represent the new and changed definition of art as a musical performer and celebrity. I think that also the clocks could represent the changing of times from when this work was done. Miley is used to represent all of our generation here and this not a fair representation. I think that also the artist could be hinting at the fact of the lack of class miley has by putting her in this classy painting the contrast is more evident. Overall I like this oil work because of the abnormality of it.

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