Waterlilies Tangled in Their Own Reflection

A performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K27 by Mikhail Pletnev


A Brief Statement on Waterlilies Tangled in their own Reflection
As you may notice in other artworks, Scarlatti’s Sonata K27 is a work I have painted at least twenty times – by dividing up into four parts, each with multiple iterations. The variations in performances of this sonata are very diverse and its meaning is richly developed. I am not sure what it is about this sonata that has made it so compelling to so many musicians, with the exception that it bears whatever you bring to it and gives it back in a different form. This iteration takes on the colors of a Monet Waterlily Painting with shimmering water and tangled pad, pods and flowers. Several years ago, I had a chance to talk with a woman at the time she was looking at this painting. I cannot forget what she said of the title, “Well, aren’t we all?”.