THE BIG QUESTION (2007) by Michael Whelan
Acrylic on Canvas - 60” X 48”
I’ve done a number of paintings which have taken their symbolic cues from letter forms. “Eye” is one example (eye = “I”). As with many of my works, this one employs light as a symbol of knowledge and affirmation. There are two Stanley Kubrick quotes which are relevant to this painting:
"The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning."
"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent… but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."