I began with a background color of hope; green. The harp is painted as faux wood, and the goddess as if she is stone. The vibrance of the colors of the phoenix was achieved with gesso as an undercoat.
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ABOUT THE WORK
Material: acrylic on canvas
Inspired by the goddess of Hope who was revered in Ancient Greece, and later, Ancient Rome (after the Romans conquered... Read More
Inspired by the goddess of Hope who was revered in Ancient
Greece, and later, Ancient Rome (after the Romans conquered Greece, they stole
their religion, but changed the names of the gods and goddesses) My research
revealed how her story changes; as does hope itself. In the myth of Pandora,
all of the harmful things in the world were released from the box she was told
not to open, but did, because she was curious.
Hope remained hidden, when the lid closed her in. The story, which is
thousands of years old, ended that way in many versions. As a child I wondered
why Pandora didn’t let Hope out. Was she too afraid to open the box again? As
an adult I know the story as metaphor and understand that Hope is not known
until she is released, and that usually happens during despair and suffering.
Once free she can make magic happen. Here she releases a Phoenix, a mythical
bird that perpetually rises from the ashes of despair.