Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Paintings

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Some of my first paintings since 2013:

ISABELLA (wood canvas; 2014)

UNBURIED (mixed media; 2015)

EMERGENCE (mixed media; 2015)

I have been inspired to do a sphinx series ever since a dream I had a couple summers ago. During that time I was still in recovery, but was reconnecting with my love for mythology and ancient history. I remember one particular dream that was very vivid. I was standing in the desert, on top of mounds of buried civilizations, when crystal sphinxes began coming out of the ground. They seemed like huge diamonds to me and were quite stunning to behold. I like to think of my dream as discovering a treasure, and that being the relevance I see in mythology. 

My paintings look nothing like the dream I had. But I'm intrigued by what many sphinxes stand for (as I am phoenixes). And sphinxes are different, and mean different things to different cultures. In both UNBURIED and EMERGENCE, I chose Assyrian sphinxes (lamassu) who often guarded the entrances to temples. These, interestingly enough, share many traits with the winged cherubim. In EMERGENCE, the sphinx is an apsasu, a female lamassu. These paintings - as also many of my other paintings - are often about themes of transformation. 

I hope to finish my sphinx series this summer with at least a couple more paintings. My intention is also to display them with poetry. Maybe one day I will be able to exhibit them.

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