Gouache & watercolor on birch
11 x 18
The fourth and, for the meantime at least, last entry in the Archetypes series. I wanted to give this character’s rune tattoos more significance than I had with the prior figures (all of whom are rocking tattoos that, while look downright lovely, hold no deeper meaning than looking “mystical”). Read in sequence from the upper left shoulder to the inner right forearm to the right thigh, the tattoos describe an alchemical process for purifying ashes. Sequentially they read: “During a summer day”, “burn wood until cinders remain”, “distill ashes”. I wanted the marks to further the mythology of the character, to start the viewer down a narrative path without fully fleshing out what that path is exactly. Here we have what might be a woodsman, or a religious figure, one who works the forests of the land and finds spiritualism in the process or one who works the land for a spiritual purpose. You decide. I painted it, you can do the rest of the work…
The title of Devil’s Backbone, occasionally used as a term for spine ibifida is a nod to the anatomy of the figures in this series while also working conveniently with the previous possessive phrase titles. Win win!
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