An open narrative

Backface_web1 I'm mentoring a graduate student this year at one of the schools where I teach. He mentioned being asked in a critical studies class about the meaning of his work. I suggested, "I create an open narrative and invite the viewer to finish the story." This off-the-cuff remark is a perfect fit for this image, a portrait study in texture and pattern and, of course, an open narrative.

Given that though, the narrative could be about a spaceman or a futurist, someone contemplating his fate, considering the next step, foreseeing what lies ahead. This image reminds me of the enigmatic illustrations from Omni magazine I relished back in the late 70's and early 80's.