Aesthetics for Birds

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone

Whispers of Power #4



House of Cards, Season 2

Title: Bathroom

Description: An amazing image, embodying the delicate and complex relationship between Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). Frank learns that a general, whom he is now to honor at a public ceremony, raped his wife when the two attended college together. The viewpoint, we take as observers, is extraordinary. After we witness him commit a murder to keep his own secrets, we are reminded of Frank’s genuine loyalty, compassion, and humanity. Or is it merely a double standard?

And just for fun, here’s a draft image of the drawing in Reckhenrich’s studio:


Readers, please help us by supplying a caption for this image! *Quote or not, we want to see anything that offers an interesting or clever twist on the image.* And as a reminder, the winning caption will be hand-drawn into the blank space below the image. The reader who supplies the winning caption will receive a signed print and be named an official collaborator for this piece. Submit captions below in the comments!

Contest closes Saturday at noon (EDT). Winner announced Sunday. Next piece up in one week! Keep tabs on the project and contest at the project website here, review the project and contest details at the opening post here, or see previous posts in this series here.


  1. That was a fascinating piece to draw. The whole setting is so delicate. Max Ernst wouldn’t do a better ambivalente scenario. We hope again for some good stuff and comments.

  2. Here is a quote I found in Shakespeare play Macbeth – the scottish play. I think the series has a lot do do with it.

    “Only look up clear; to alter favour ever is to fear: leave all the rest to me.

  3. #imwithher

    The parallels between Hillary and Claire are numerous … and the pro-Hillary slogan takes on a new meaning in this context…

  4. ”Mirror, mirror on the wall, how did we become strangers to each other after all?”

    • Hey Langes what a great connection to the old fairytales. Seems to be old stuff is more modern as we thought


  5. “Fear is like backroom politics. It controls you.”

    Sem Anne van Dijk – HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (Year 1)

  6. ‘This is not a bathroom’

  7. ‘Kill the lie. Kill the truth. Birth a secret’

  8. Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make. – Medea, Euripides

  9. Is was me Jörg

  10. ”You people with hearts,’ he said once, ‘have something to guide you, and need never do wrong; but I have no heart, and so I must be very careful.”

    – L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  11. The gift of looking into ones soul
    Will protect your happiness from shattering
    Upon the sight of a broken mirror

  12. Look at the piece next week. It seems we have the right one for the day of the day

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