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Vala-an Artwork in Progress

earth 2Sometimes painting is a real struggle.  But I press on, slap the obdurate material into shape, as if my worn brush might push the paint into actual space–into the 3rd dimension.

Art often requires tactics that subvert one’s own assumptions in order to create the one image that is to the point, heartfelt, and true.

This one is a mess.  The possibility of failure is always present.  It is a perpetual letting go– of  tricks, habits and even those pretty passages that no longer serve the whole.

This exhibit started with an idea about altars or memory stations.  It is an attempt to combine my art with an interest in Blake in a way that helps me understand this eccentric genius and gives my own work greater depth.

The painting shows a stone wall with a niche in which is placed an image inspired by one of Blake’s Persian looking Angels.   Carved into the stone wall is a willow tree that arches over the niche and breaks into space.  The sun, etched into the wall, spreads beams of light over the canvas.   vala 4

The next painting is of Vala,   Jerusalem’s shadow, whose veil obscures the celestial light, and seduces Albion  away from Jerusalem’s pure spiritual beauty.

She is a complex figure.  Kathleen Raine has likened her to Psyche.

  Know me now, Albion:  Look upon me. I alone am beauty.  The imaginative human form is but the breathing of Vala.  I breathe him forth into the Heaven from my secret Cave, born of the Woman to obey the Woman, O Albion the mighty.  For the Divine appearance is Brotherhood, but I am love.