Optical illusion probes difference between genius & madness

A PORTRAIT containing an optical illusion considers the difference between genius and madness by including a hidden message.

The portrait you see below is a 2012 portrait titled “Genius and madness.”

This optical illusion by artist Oleg Shupliak explores the difference between genius and madness

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This optical illusion by artist Oleg Shupliak explores the difference between genius and madnessCredit: Oleg Shupliak

Saatchi Art describes the work by Ukrainian artist, Oleg Shupliak, as “a portrait of a genius – El Salvador Dali. At the same time, this picture leads to reflection – What is genius and what is madness?”

While the portrait is of the iconic painter, that may not be what you see first. The painting is comprised of different parts to form the composite.

While some may initially see Dali’s face in the painting, others may notice the different components, including a ram’s head and a musical instrument resembling a lyre.

The artist also includes a hidden message. Do you see it?

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A sign in the middle of the figure’s forehead reads “Foolishness & Genius.”

Shupliak is well-known for creating artistic works that include optical illusions and images concealed within a face according to his website.

Salvador Dali, was best known for his surrealistic art, dual images and hidden self-portraits.

Dali is one of the most celebrated artists of all time and ushered in a new generation of imagination and expression, according to thedali.org

The Spanish artist famously once said, “the only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.” However, he among other prominent artists has been linked to mental illness.

Science Direct said the artist was famous for his “craziness” in both his shocking art and persona and that according to scientific tests Dali was found to meet diagnostic criteria for personality disorder and psychotic illness.

Scientific American Blog Network says the romantic notion that mental illness and creativity are linked is rarely challenged.

However, it goes on to say research shows “mental illness is neither necessary nor sufficient for creativity.”

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According to its report, however, it did find that, while full-blown mental illness didn’t increase the probability of entering a creative profession, first-degree relatives of those with mental disorders were significantly over-represented in creative arts.

According to the findings, it seems that the key to creative cognition is “opening up the flood gates and letting in as much information as possible,” which can produce more creative ideas.

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