What do the numbers mean in this painting?
Well, Equality 7.2521 was a character in a novel written by Ayn Rand called “Anthem”. The number was his randomly assigned number by a purely socialist government in the future. In the book, the character uses only the “We” form of talking as “I” was banned by this severe government by all for all. All is well, until he starts to discover individuality and lost secrets of the past. Interestingly, the author was between major novels and decided to take a “break” by writing this small novella sized novel in between.
Why did you want to paint on Anthem society?
The character really crystalizes in an extreme form the move to further and further elements of socialism and away from a pure individualism type of society. Its ironic that during the Obama administration that new department heads were formed with czar titles, symbolic of Russian autocratic rule. Examples include:
Czar of AfPak
Czar of AIDS
Asian Carp Czar
with a total of 38 czars in a supposed democratic society. It really demonstrates what the intentions of this type of leader are using autocratic leader terms for a democracy. What respect of democracy does he entertain? Below you can see the parallels between his propaganda and CCCP Soviet propaganda:
What was this society based on in the book?
Ayn came from Russia and actually oversaw the fall of the Czar to a republic and then the overthrow to red Communists. Later came the purges to stimmy any voice of dissent. If you look to modern parallels you can see any voice of dissent against Obama is labelled racist and rewarded.
What are the images in your painting background?
In the background I have a light surrounding the numbers 7.2521, which symbolizes the rediscovery of electricity by this future society. Many will ask, isn’t that preposterous to “lose” an invention. Actually, if you look to the Roman Empire, they invented cement, but after the fall of Rome in the post 300s AD, people actually lost this technology as the craftsman with the knowledge were no longer valued in the chaos that followed. It took almost until the 1800s until cement was actively used again in the “scientific” era. There is a real danger when a society crumbles that key technological advances get lost.
Other elements are the anthem of the Soviet Union “The Internationale”. Its only fitting reference to the meaning of the words “Anthem” and the reference to a perfect socialist society Ayn Rand emigrated from before the Iron Curtain slammed shut on that opportunity.