So shalt thou feed on Death, that feeds on men,
And, Death once dead, there's no more dying then. ~Shakespeare
I did a thing yesterday... I haven't cut my hair so drastically since I was 16, but with all my other recent transformations this just felt so damn right. Like breaking free from the last binding pieces of a chrysalis, burning the dead wood away, or waking up and shaking off a dream... Since embarking on this journey of highly intentional self-care, I am learning to be kinder to myself but also more exacting with expectations. It has been challenging, a fierce struggle of self identity, over these last four months. I have had to break out of old patterns of thought. There have been times when I thought that breaking those patterns was going to break me... I've felt as if I lost myself a thousand times--little deaths over and over, and it hurts. Oh, how it hurts... Until I see that glimpse of me again. ME again. Foreign and familiar all at once. A reintroduction of self.
It's nice to meet you.
Semi touristy pic with a little history. Beside me, #Ouroboros was engraved on a gigantic colonial tomb as a symbol of wholeness. The snake eats its own tail and gives birth to itself over and over again - the true Circle of Life. #whathappenswhenanerdseessymbols
Evening Flash in the Dusking of the Sun, 2018, front, lapis lazuli, stabilised maple burl, gilt gold, 925 silver, dyneema cord, 23 x 21 x 1.8 cm, model Rebekah Armstrong
Using the lapis lazuli stone, I refer to its history of the ultramarine pigments reserved only for important and heavenly subjects. As a material that is difficult to gain in antiquity, its translation into “beyond the sea” is apt in being both, literally beyond the land where one stayed, and thus symbolic for the heavenly beyond in transcendence. However, my use of the stone is antithetical of holiness by taking the serpent's head circling around its subject to complete the necklace form. Flowing into the serpent’s body are cast silver pieces and carved wood blocks that are elemental in its nature to complement a cosmic unity of all things. Commonly known as the Ouroboros, the creature accompanies different traditional beliefs often alluding to the self-sustaining snake that marks the outermost boundaries of the universe. In its transposition of the boundaries of the outermost to the neck of a human being, wearing the serpent is wearing the boundaries of humanity.
A recent university project got us to illustrate a T-Shirt design. This is what I produced, what do you think?? :D
It's designed as a wrap-around, so the whole snake will wrap around the torso of the T-shirt and the double helix 'tail' will end up in the mouth of the snake, much like an Ouroboros.
I'm going to be re-opening my Etsy shop soon so if you're interested in buying merchandise with my art on, keep an eye out for updates!
#mabsdrawlloweenclub Day 20: Serpent 🐍 The ouroboros symbolises the cyclic nature of life. Creation from destruction and life from death. The ouroboros consumes the tail to renew its own life and to be reborn. 🌸