Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Fantasy Dictionary Definition: Anacaron

Anacaron (noun), an-a-CAR-on: unfulfilled love or desire.

Anacaron is not a "light" feeling, rather, it is one of the most intense, life-determining emotions a human being can experience. The experience of anacaron defines a person's entire existence and colors their outlook on life.

In the young, anacaron is most often experienced as a deep, undefinable yearning for something grander, more meaningful than what circumstances offer. It drives individuals to seek fulfillment, to create and experience to the extreme, often in a romantic or artistic sense.

In mature persons, especially those who have loved deeply and suffered the loss of the beloved, anacaron also describes the emptiness, longing, and unfulfillable desire that occurs in the face of the absolute finality of loss and the impossibility of restoration of the perfect state.
Anacaron is also experienced in connection with belonging in all its deep forms, as in a search for a place to belong, souls with which to share one's life, and for unique forms of personal artistic expression.

I aim to create these pages first and then analyse them only after they are finished. This one is interesting, because it's the background (the past) that is rosy and contains texture (feeling). The foreground (the present and the foreseeable future) is sepia toned, which makes the fruits and flowers (nourishment and beauty) appear dried, that is to say, preserved from a more abundant past.

The human image I found for this collage was Sandro Botticelli's Venus (from an dental advertising brochure). That's not an unusual image to use, as this image of Venus is widely available and it'S meaning easily recognised. What I find interesting is that she is looking down and to the right, viewed from her own perspective. According to some NLP eye assessing cue theory I checked out, this usually means a person is accessing bodily feelings or emotions, and is often recalling them from the past. If you ask me, this lovely Venus looks anything other than happy in any case, so she fits the definition nicely.

Definition: Michael Krause and Susan J. Letham
Artwork: Susan J. Letham

1 comment:

shawa_strong_wind said...

Mmmm..."Anacaron" has almost the same meaning as "anoa" (one of my words). Only "anoa" is a lighter emotion. It is more of an indefinite longing - sehnsucht? - than "anacaron".
Are we remaking the world???? :-)