One of the things that annoyed me in my college education and subsequent readings over the years has been the "opinions" of historians and critics on the "meaning" behind paintings and drawings. How did they really "know" what the artist meant, or was getting at, or what inspired them? It was all a guess, maybe an intellectual one, maybe not, but it is still a guess.
So, that being said, this time I would like to focus mainly on the image and TELL you my motive, inspiration, meaning, etc.....
I must have read this psalm over and over again twenty times before it hit me, this image is not going to be about a specific verse or group of verses, but about the ":feeling" I get when I read the whole psalm: safe.
So, what says safe? After considering many ideas and images, I finally settled on the image you now see, a cleat. Once that idea took shape, the rest came along easily. The rope represents ourselves and our lives; twisted, rough, non-uniform, strong and rotting at the same time. But wrapped around the cleat? Security, safety, tied, etc.....
As you may have noticed, I like to represent God, or the idea of God, as pure white.
Technical details: lino block, Zerkall Book 145gm, Graphic Chemical Black w/s ink.
Peace out. If enough people comment, I will come back and explain the decorative initial and illumination.