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The Arousal Of The Kundalini Painting

Masked Sphinx

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 29.9 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 D in

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'The Arousal Of The Kundalini' forms a series of paintings based on the stories of the high priestesses who lived in Delphi on the slopes of Mount Parnassus in Greece. Delphi was a famous ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia (named after the python Apollo killed), the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world (510-323 BC) and is written about by Plato, Socrates and Ovid. The 'Oracle' was a network of women who with their prophecies, guided Kings and leaders for decades. She would go into a trance-like state (largely caused by the vapours rising up from below the cave). Whilst she chewed bay-leaves that grew nearby, this combination made her go into a trance like state as she relayed her prophecies. My journey of discovery through the paintings is to find the essence of the power of these women, my questions are 'why have there not been wider choices for women in our contemporary world?' and why is it comparative myths, where there is a woman there is invariably a snake! My studio is full of taxidermy snakes, wings, skulls and masks. These objects continually intrigue me as I explore these forms through my practice.This painting is my study of the python and I have drawn directly from x-rays of snakes. Several layers and colours are built up over the surface and the painting has a meditative, trance like quality.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:29.9 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 D in

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Masked Sphinx (Melissa Budasz) studied fine art painting at Camberwell and Norwich Art Schools (1997) and lives and works in Kent. She has curated and exhibited in several large-scale projects, events, and exhibitions including Personal Structures organised by the European Cultural Centre (EEC) at Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy (2024), the Uniqlo Tate Lates, Tate Modern (2018), a solo exhibition at Conway Hall, London (2017), and in group shows that include the Gerald Moore Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Guys Hospital and the Stephen Lawrence Centre. She ran South London Women Artists (2013-2016) and during this time she was the founder and editor of ArtVerve, a journal on women’s art (2014-2017).

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