In the age old debate of what came first; the chicken or the egg, I find myself deep in a philosophical tangent inspired by a late night online shopping purchase. I bought a necklace that gives the impression of an elegant snake coiled around the neck. Unappealing to some, beautiful and ethereal to me. This internal debate reminded me of a quote from Oscar Wilde – ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.’
My exact reason for clicking my purchase straight over to the checkout was because it reminded me of a painting I did in my last collection (The Phosphenes Collection) which depicted a bizarre image of two symmetrical women holding up snakes, which are coiled deliberately around their arms within the confines of the symmetrical intension. (Original piece shown below / ‘Serpens’ oil on wood panel)
This is one of my stranger pieces, this and ‘Nectar of the Gods’ which I also hold an unhealthy emotional clingyness to even after sold and gone. The reason behind loving these stranger pieces is the idea of using wildlife as symbolism, instead of a standalone subject. (To which I also LOVE to paint to emphasise their magnificent natures in their own right) But I also think people take different inspirations from varying imagery. Dream interpretations would say that the presence of snakes in your subconscious shows an underlying threat. Something to be wary of. A ‘snake in the grass.’ Ancient symbolism would boast meanings of good and evil, fertility or poison, vindictiveness or guardianship.
To me the imagery of snakes has always been an almost opulent experience as it suggests to me The Garden of Eden which provokes thoughts of lush, bountiful gardens. (A subject I already touched upon over a year ago as a personal project to decorate my bedroom, which of course features a coiled snake…)
Have my fashion choices been inspired by my own artwork? Or was my artwork inspired by what I had already taken a likening to? Where does the circle begin and end or are we in a perpetual state humming with the imagery, ideas and inspiration of the the things we love in life?
I don’t know, inspiration is a fascinating thing as it propels most actions that we take. The inspiration to exercise, to create, to want to tidy the house or earn money. All things we act on come from a place of inspiration behind the action. But thats another philosophical tangent…