Entries in mirrors (6)
We have been experincing mild, sunshiney weather for the past few days, which might just very well turn out to be our first glimpse of spring. So I took myself outdoors without my camera. Typical. I've been enjoying a little time away from home, cycling in the sunshine (pure joy!), reading the English Book of Magic, celebrating my mothers birthday, catching up with Star Trek (DS9), following the moon, and wearing...black.
I am currently obsessed with Arthurian legend (the Templars), fresh lemons, abstract textures, and Chad Merritt's gorgeous photographs. I dearly wish that he lived here in the UK so that we could finally collaborate on a photo project! To see his work in print, click here.
I now have two slightly different copies of Amaranth and still cannot decide which to go with. I prefer the lighter, detailed version1, yet can't seem to reject the more spacious, darker velvety quality of version2. So here we have both :]
They are concerned with transformation, alchemy.....perhaps even death as a symbol of new life.....in the metaphorical sense. Something about them reminds me of the ocean at night, slightly chilling, yet they are certainly supposed to represent feminine strength, mystery, magic. The mirrors signify both divination and self reflection.
Amaranth: (the following paragraph taken from the Dictionary of Symbols by Jack Tresidder)
"A long lasting flowering plant depicted on Greek tombs and sculptures as a symbol of immortality. Amaranth was linked with Artemis and credited with healing properties. In China, its flowers were offered to the lunar hare at the moon festival as a token of immortality."
For the Celestial Children series.
Spectral themes are all about me at present, very much in keeping with the books that I am reading and this curious state of mind. I'm finding myself straying away from colour somewhat, drifting backwards through time...
I love the idea of continuing The Poltergeist Rooms as a series in itself.
'Moth Mask' is a continuation of an earlier digital collage.
This book in particular has to be one of my favourites of all time:
Digital painting and photomontage. For the Specters and Dreams gallery.
I have finally expanded my online gallery space here at my blog. A few new projects have been added (brought over from Flickr) this week, although several are still in progress. I can't wait to see it complete!
I like how the seven of hearts/spades keeps on turning up in recent images. Something which links them all, inexplicably. Or secretly. The Recognition girl keeps one arm behind her back, forever witholding something. Enigmas, both of them. Hugely symbolic. Where fantasy and nightmares overlap.
Two versions, because as per usual I cannot make up my mind. This was inspired by a much earlier piece from 2007, which belonged to a series of somnambulists that I was obsessed with at the time. And like so many aspects of my art, such curious obsessions are bound to recycle. She wanders out from the darkness within, another symbol for the unconscious, or perhaps her forgotten/repressed experiences. This would be Jungian, not Freudian. Or even past lives. And we're not going anywhere without our skeletons and tea!
To view the earlier work from 2007, see this post.