oil on canvas; 76 x 61 cm
Agoraphobia and Claustrophobia are a surrealistic vision of the relationship between man and woman, between nowadays people.
Although this are two separate artworks, there will always be an invisible connection between the two painting. The combination of man and telephone alone is a big field of thoughts. Actually the mobile phone in the present time is a whole Universe and it could lead you almost everywhere, while we using a one it could evokes emotions and feelings of any kind.
Sometimes we all feel obsessed with the new technologies and constant phone calls. At some point this, all the time and everywhere connected, way of life is coming really too much. The man figure in Agoraphobia is deliberately put in such a dramatic pose. It is to underline his obsession and unwillingness to communicate. The definition of agoraphobia is an intense fear about being in public places where you feel escape might be difficult. In fact his fear is to pick up the phone and go into this global system. That is why he is hiding his face and trying to keep his mobile device away from him.
Claustrophobia is the other side of the same problem. As a meaning it is the fear of having no escape and being closed in small spaces or rooms. The female figure is in folded pose, completely concentrated in what happening on the screen of her mobile. The small room is actually her surrounding environment, it is boring and there is nothing interesting there. Her fear is the "real life" and the probability of not being connected. Just imagine you losing your signal and internet for a week, .. sounds like a verdict.
A few details in the two paintings will show that the connection between them is not so invisible. On the screen of the mobile in Claustrophobia is a small version of the whole composition of Agoraphobia. This is a call, she is calling him, she needs that communication. On the screen in his hand could be seen her image, but he doesn't want to talk.
The message sent by the artworks is not about pure relationships and love, it is more about how this is influenced by the XXI century's technologies...