IMAGE OF THE WEEK
© Durga Yael Bernhard – Do not reproduce or copy
Incarnation of the Sun
I painted this picture over twenty years ago. I was working almost exclusively in gouache at the time, in this case on textured grey paper which shows through in the eyes and outlines of the two faces. I was deeply immersed in African culture at the time, and fascinated by shamanic and tribal traditions from all over the world. I was reading Joseph Campbell while involved in the very primal activity of raising two young children. I continually sought ways to express the parent-child relationship in my art.
In addition to being breastfed, my children received a certain physical nourishment from their father that was like the energy of the sun. I sensed the paternal energy of the sun emanating from all men; in a healthy relationship, this passes from father to child in a way that complements the endowment of moon-energy given by mothers.
These elemental energies showed up in shamanic folktales in a way that resonated with my young artist’s and mother’s mind. I wanted to fuse influence with experience, capturing these energies in an image, as if manifesting a psycho-physical equation. Perhaps I succeeded, as I have received numerous strong reactions to this piece over the years.
Later, I painted a counterpart titled “Incarnation of the Moon”. I will feature that painting next week!
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Wishing you a good week,