This is a painting I did in graduate school in New York City. I was learning about archetypes and had created archetypal characters which had personal narratives in my mind, and I had fun with their stories. I had even more fun having them meet each other. In this painting, the Grand Master archetype (seen here as a young man) is meeting up with a ghost like image of a trapeze artist (provocateur?) archetype who he idealized. I imagined him seeing her in his memory, in his dreams, in his mind. Often when we’re holding the thought of someone or some past event in our minds, the reality is that that situation no longer exists. And they are no longer (or never were) who we thought they might be, and like a ghost in a strange play in our minds, they appear and reappear. They become part of our own inner architecture, but it is only a mirage of our own making.