In the book Hell Bound there is only four pictures of his artwork, similar to the picture above, of mainly homeless people, or the picture below of bodies in suitcases.
I didn't quite get it at first, it seemed morbid and I had no idea of what it was he was trying to say with his art.
But something kept niggling at me to look further into his art and not dismiss it.
As it turned out for me his art was the key for me to unlock the whole book.
Essentially what he is saying (in my opinion anyway) is that every single living being on this planet...or other planets for that matter, is a prisoner living out their sentence in a body...which is the prison cell of the soul from birth.
It is essentially what the song Hotel California
and the TV show The Prisoner is about.
Whether we like the fact, or not, we are all prisoners to some degree.
As souls (for those of us who believe we are more than just meat puppets) we are born into our cells at birth and we are sentenced to those cells for as long as the prison holds up.
You may realize that you are a prisoner, or you may not.
It doesn't matter, because however you cut it you are a prisoner while your soul is earthbound.
Doesn't really matter how you want to pass that time away, either, because you are still a prisoner trapped in your earthly cell.
|This picture is not part of Noe's artwork.|
Doesn't matter how rich and powerful you are either, because you to are stuck here to serve out your sentence just like the rest of us.
|This piece is not Noe's either, but it goes with the theme.|
|Not Noe's either...sorry.|
|Not Noe's either.|
And while some of our fellow prisoners can be ruthless in their quest to control the prison, it doesn't change the fact that even they are prisoners, too.
You are and always will be a prisoner to a certain degree while you serve out your time on this planet, whether you carry a stamp on your body, or not.
You can try and escape your prison by using drugs or going shopping for nice things that make your stay in prison a little more comfortable, but it won't solve the problem of being trapped in a body that is heading for life's gallows.
The smart ones that see no point to prison life, or the ones who can't take the sentence they were handed out think suicide will make for early parole...but will it?
As tempting a solution as that may seem to be, maybe the cosmic judge will just sentence you all over again to a harsher sentence?
Usually prisoners are given a sentence to think over theirs crimes.
Maybe that's what Noe's art is showing us...that we are here to reflect on our sentence, take a look around and see what other crimes we may be committing against our fellow prisoners on this planet and realize that we are all serving time on this planet.
Some people may appear to be more of a prisoner than others, but don't kid yourself, because we are all just prisoners serving out a sentence, no matter how comfortable that cell looks to us.
So what's the purpose of it all?
To realize that you are not the meat puppet you see in the mirror and to free your soul by thinking for yourself and listening to the inner wisdom beyond the prison walls.
|Not Noe's art.|
|This isn't Noe's either.|
Anyway time to pick out another book from my reading list ;-)