Sunday, January 17, 2010
This painting is based on the form of the egg, which is very important in Indian Tribal cultures, and is often broken as a kind of sacrifice, but also symbol of food. The Phoenix rises from the ashes, but is also a symbol of transformation. The symbol of the spoon, or rather ladle, which is important in the iconography of the Indian goddess of Food, known as Anna Purna, represents the gift of food to the whole of creation, to sustain life.
At the centre of my image of the Phoenix is the symbol of the tree of Life which grows out of the Ladle which is the gift of food to all creatures. This tree itself is full of food, but also light.