Intricate workings


Up from the mud and clay
hands made us.
Breath from infinite life
he gave us.
Intricate workings of flesh and soul.
Function and form,
he made us whole.
Invisible force of death
that tears us
soul from flesh
Life commands us
give our breath
it wont unhand us
make us pay with pain.

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I honestly find this one to be a little more disturbing than your usual fare, but I also kind of feel like that's what you were going for, perhaps. All that mustard yellow feels earthy, yes...but also somehow toxic. The face is rather mask-like with its open-eyed stare, and the details in purple and red also lend to the ominous overtone.

The imagery, coupled with more stanzas of intriguing poetry, conjures up the suggestion of life and death. The endless cycles of birth, death, and rebirth. Endings and beginnings. In some ways these have been on my mind of late, such as with the advent of the new year, so perhaps that is colouring my opinion somewhat.

Ah, well--simply my own musings, after all. What does this painting represent to you? I wonder....

shouKawa responds:

When I paint I let the emotion of the moment guide me. At the time that I was painting this piece I was really feeling the pain in my life but also the light within my being and the depth of life. I don't know about anyone else but sometimes I sit and think about that depth and just how huge a thing life is as well as how quickly it can be lost. That's maybe what you are seeing about birth and death...

The mask quality was due to this being about the inner person. I wasn't concerned about fleshy features as much as about the forces that make up my soul. It's a self portrait of sorts. Pain and light, flesh and soul mixed together. And fleeting and solidity pulling at each other but side by side. Ever the whole. At least that's what I was striving for. :)

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Jan 22, 2016
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