This is my second reversible diptych, but this time it was intended from the beginning.
All I was sure of at first is that I was playing some game of opposites. It was not good vs. evil, male vs. female, war vs. peace that I was trying to convey, but two opposite temperaments that would appear in a glance the same. The lion represents ambition while the lamb represents humility. It was also not my desire to portray one as better than the other. While the lion might be an aggressor, he also is a protector, a builder and inventor.
The lamb wears the same cloth as an adornment. She is unconcerned with power, fame, or glory, but leads a noble, quiet life. He is the hunter and she is the gatherer. I don’t mean at all to assign these particular traits to gender, because we all have a little bit of both, and they surface in different parts of our personalities.
another excellent piece. ANd while I always want to know the meaning of allegories, it’s often not knowing but sensing it must mean something that makes images resonate for me.
I’ve enjoyed this one since I first saw it. Really powerful work here. I like what Grady says about the medieval framing of the work, I agree. That aspect is attractive and the magenta, the brown and the flesh go so well together.
A very powerful piece, Stephen. In addition to the allegories, I really like the medieval framing of the work. This references so many ideas of the old masters that it becomes not only a lesson in roles but also a guide to the history of painting. Very fine work!
Love it. Love dynamism of the work. He doesn’t seem like much of a lion and she does not seem like much of a lamb. So, without your explanation, I would brought my own story to the piece: “Which is which?” In matriarchal societies the woman is the lion, the director the fierce protecter and nurturer of her children, the men were the one’s being directed, with the humility and function of physical prowess which is a differentiation of powers and seemed not to be so glorified. I like it! and I like your sensitive portrayal of the figures!
Great comments Lori, thanks!!! Yes in many ways my wife is the “lioness”, but my “lion-ness” comes out in the paintings too.