Visual Comparisons in Twin Peaks

Ryan Taylor
The sky vortex as the blue rose
Lil and Bushnell clenching their fists. Will the local authorities be belligerent and aggressive, or is Bushnell just preparing for a boxing match?
“Is this the story of the little girl who lives down the lane?” The novel was published in 1973, and the movie, based on the novel, was released in 1976.
Dougie’s black rock/orb/skull/womb (top) and Diane’s bloody, flesh-covered, black rock/orb/skull/womb (bottom)
The dazed, upward smiles of Laura and Becky
The attention given to dirty bar floors. Club in Canada from FWWM (top) and the Roadhouse (bottom)
“It doesn’t get any bluer.”
Under the skin of the Palmer girls
Inspirations from the paintings of Francis Bacon. “Seated Figure”, 1961 (top left); “Portrait of a Man” 1953 (top right)
“Gotta light?” “Office at Night”, 1940 by Edward Hopper
Symbolism of corn as garmonbozia as pain and suffering. Mrs. Tremond’s grandson’s hands (top left), The Arm’s mouth (top right), Hawk’s map (bottom left), Gordon’s office wall (bottom right)
“This is a formica table. Green is its color.” There’s a chunk missing from the surface of the table. Note that Formica was originally used for electrical insulation.
Jewelry on raised earth mounds
Sarah’s face is projected onto Jumping Man’s during Mr. C’s visit to the space above the convenience store.
Faulty, flickering lights. Cooper examining Laura’s body (top left), Jack’s office in Hap’s Diner (top right), Detective Macklay’s flashlight as he searches Bill’s trunk (bottom)
Heyoka (top) — a kind of sacred clown in the culture of the Lakota people of the Great Plains, known for acting and speaking backwards or opposite the norm. Only those who are visited by a Thunder Being, in person, in vision or in dream, can take on the role of a heyoka. Heyókȟa is also a spirit of thunder and lightning.
Possessed overtakings of Laura and Leland Palmer
That lodge you like is going to come back in style.
The frog-moth hatchling in Sarah
Numb arms as a symptom of wearing the owl ring. Irene (top) talking about Teresa Bank’s arm, Laura (bottom left) after her dream encounter with the photo portal on her wall, Dougie (bottom right) after his first ride with Jade
Laura’s “meanwhile” gesture and the abhaya mudra, the gesture of fearlessness
Counter-balancing, orb gifts brought to you by The Experiment and The Fireman
The subtle differences of a reoccurring symbol
“The owls are not what they seem.”
Office art displaying feats of strength
“Do you really want to fuck with this?”
Gordon explaining the “spiritual mound” to Tammy (top left). This is the owl ring finger. This is also likely a reference to the Spirit Mound Prairie in South Dakota (bottom) which is near the prison where Gordon, Tammy, and Albert just came from (top right, a screenshot from Mr. C’s laptop).
Mrs. Tremond’s grandson acting as a sort of Jumping Man tulpa. Are the totems that they’re holding miniature tulpas?
“I’m gone. Long gone. Like a turkey in the corn.”
Leland and Sarah shattering the photo of their daughter
“The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within.”
Dougie and Ruby crawling followed by screams from Janey-E and Ruby herself
The rape victims of BOB. “WHO ARE YOU?”

I’d like to give a huge shout-out to my buddy David Titterington for pointing out the references to Francis Bacon and the heyoka and for getting me into the Twin Peaks story to begin with. Go check out his much more elaborate articles on Twin Peaks and other interesting topics! Also, thank you online Twin Peaks community for fueling much of the inspiration to put these together.

Anything I missed? Share your missing pieces in the Reddit thread.

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