Soliloquy: Athena and Minerva Painting by Jenifer Dapper

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Soliloquy: Athena and Minerva

Jenifer Dapper

United Kingdom

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Size: 48 W x 48 H x 2 in

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Painting: Oil on Canvas.

This plays on the idea that although we transform in many ways throughout time - repetition is inevitable. The energy that drives new things into the present is based on what came before it. Knowledge is passed on and rediscovered with every passing era to make new knowledge that will again be recycled to allow further expansion of that energy. As Plato said, "What we call learning is only a process of recollection."

I wanted to use the ancient ideas of this concept with modern representations of today; hence, the contemporary clothing and hairstyles and electronic devices, but with reference to ancient examples of wisdom, strength, science, art and commerce. The owl, the olive tree, the gorgon all symbolize Athena and Minerva. The setting is sketchy, dream-like, but also rough and layered - just like searching for knowledge can feel. Here I wanted to portray a glimpse of Athena sharing her old knowledge to her newer self - Minerva.


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