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Kalisophia (Ouroboros)


Kalisophia (Ouroboros) Painting

Khary Darby


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 24 W x 24 H x 2.5 D in

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Inspired by mythology The Ouroboros is a Greek word meaning "tail devourer," and is one of the oldest mystical symbols in the world. It can be perceived as enveloping itself, where the past (the tail) appears to disappear but really moves into an inner domain or reality, vanishing from view but still existing. The ouroboros has several meanings interwoven into it. Foremost is the symbolism of the serpent biting, devouring, or eating its own tail. This symbolizes the cyclic Nature of the Universe: creation out of destruction, Life out of Death. The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life, in an eternal cycle of renewal. It is sometimes depicted in a lemniscate shape (figure eight) as well.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 24 H x 2.5 D in

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I have always been consumed by images and consider myself an image maker first and a painter second. Yet both paradigms are important for what I am attempting to do. My work as an image maker has its genesis in a continuing obsession with images of the past and the expressive potential of a particular tradition. This interest is an intensely personal one, and it centers on European paintings of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. The root of my concern hinges not on a revisionist's interest in the subtexts that these images may present us with but on the potential of such images to enthral and overwhelm. And yet one recognizes what is lacking in such images for an individual at the end of the twentieth century. With cultural "modernity" and "progress" in shambles, we are left to scavenge a wasteland of cultural and intellectual refuse. There is a sense of perpetual winding down, since theology, philosophy, and technology seem unable to fulfill the needs of the human psyche. So one wants on some level to pull back the "screens" we live through"”the empty gestures and tired conventions"”in an attempt to engage in something more "real." Paradoxically, this is precisely what the modernists of the early twentieth century were attempting to do by rejecting the past.

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