Into the self
90 x 60 cm, oils on canvas, not finished
“If you knew yourself for even one moment, if you could just glimpse your most beautiful face, maybe you wouldn’t slumber so deeply in that house of clay. Why not move into your house of joy and shine into every crevice! For you are the secret Treasure-bearer, and always have been. Didn’t you know?”
This is something the mystic Rumi said; it fits perfectly with the representation of this current work, as I believe that within incredible riches can be found.
The idea came to me after one encounter with Ayahuasca, which showed me where peace can be found. The top part of the painting depicts our divine nature, represented through sacred geometry, outshining the outside Universe seen in the sunset and night time sky in the top corners. As one climbs further down, the esoteric and colourful realm turns slowly into one of darkness - the colours lose their vitality, the branches their leaves, finaly breaking.
Here is where the EGO lies, it can be seen in the bottom right corner, on his throne, next to the tree of knowledge; in searching for answers and power, he devoured its fruits and leaves alike, leaving just the snake to guard the entraped soul. As a result his horns grew, burdening his head.
From his seat he looks over the underworld, vast and scatered with gems; these are all that can be found in one, from sorrow to love. All are the same in value, it differs only what the harvester chooses to do with them once brought up to light.
It can be seen also as a chalenge for one to defeat one's ego and snake that hisses poison in one's ear. With one's victory, the eliberation of the soul would follow, the dark and frightenning underworld becoming a land of light, with the soul shinning over any previously obstructed corner of it.