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This work is a continuation of several ideas I've worked with before.  Again, I'm viewing the bones as a symbol for the human condition or spirit/soul.  The snake symbolism is ancient, representing wisdom and knowledge (the Judeo- Christian religions also equated serpents with evil, however the story of Garden and the Tree can be traced back thousands of years prior via many different cultures, including stories from the Sumerians which lack the severely negative connotation).  I particularly enjoy the ambiguous associations that individuals may have with serpents.  I've always had a fondness for snakes (my mother used to catch garter snakes while mowing the lawn and show them to me as a young child).  The serpent forms obscured in the black cloud shape become a metaphor for occulted knowledge, keeping us from witnessing the colorful splendor of the life that exists outside or limited understanding.  The title is a clear nod to the story of our snafu in the 'beer garden' and our missing out on enjoying the spoils from the Tree of Life.

Detail view

Mortal by Design, 2016, graphite, acrylic, gouache, and colored pencil, 15" x 22"

Mortal by Design, 2016, graphite, acrylic, gouache, and colored pencil, 15" x 22"