Gouache & watercolor on birch
11 x 18
The second entry in my series investigating prominent archetypes pulled from fiction and mythology. The warrior or, “the mindset of a warrior, is the primary focus of this work, specifically in the posture of the figure. To be poised and constrained; tense, yet flexible. These interplaying strains were my focus when constructing the composure of the character and the framework of the scene. Additionally, the title of “Murphy’s Law” as it relates to “what can go wrong, will go wrong” plays with the concept that a warrior must be ever vigilant and perpetually poised to take on any challenge–mentally, physically or spiritually. Just as I had in The Shepherd’s Scale, the number three and concept of thirds is reflected here in the instruments held by the figure. Though in the previous frame, the number three dealt with the Holy Trinity, Murphy’s Law concerns itself more with the trifecta of mind, body, spirit. Lastly, major inspiration for the zweihander held to the warrior’s chest was taken from the weaponry used by 16th century infantry posted at Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.