I spent a good deal of time looking at perceptually manipulative works of art over the past couple of years as part of my graduate thesis research. The Surrealists significantly influenced my writing as well as my art making and Magritte was a favorite throughout. I'm attracted to the bits in his work that are based in reality, but just feel strange. Dali is a little too inventive and Di Chirico (though technically not a Surrealist) isn't inventive enough... Magritte always felt like the perfect balance to me. After delving into this world I developed a strong connection with the artists influencing my work. I also recently decided it was time to retire my high school bedspread for something that reflects my current interests. I had a thought that it would be a cool opportunity to get some art into my decor. I've used cafepress.com in the past for small unique projects and gifts. They're great if you have an idea of what you're looking for, but can't find it anywhere. You can upload your own images or artwork to put on anything from T-shirts to drinking glasses to curtains... the possibilities are kind of endless. I landed on the site while searching for duvet covers featuring works of art. I couldn't find the particular one I was interested in anywhere on the internet so I created it myself by uploading Magritte's Son of Man. I wasn't sure how it would turn out printing on such a large scale, but a couple weeks later my fear subsided when I laid the item out on my living room floor. It's extremely soft and warm and I love it. Plus, the Surrealists were super into the unconscious so... see what I did there?
P.S. If anyone in the Philly area is interested in checking out some really great Surrealist work, there is a Peter Blume exhibit at PAFA until April 5th... his work is insane. It's worth it just to go and stare at the colors, internet reproductions don't get anywhere close so I won't bother putting one here. Just go see it, it's mind-blowing.