Temperance vi

I’ve been thinking about how to express the deadly sins in these paintings so that there’s a counterpoint to the virtues, because as always I’m interested in the duality of good and evil. The opposite of temperance is gluttony. I’n not sure that expressing gluttony by painting a lot of obese people is really what I’m after, but perhaps a more symbolic approach is better. Lots of pigs? Hedgehogs used to be thought of as a symbol of gluttony – a swarm of hungry hedgehogs? 

Anyone know a friendly pig farmer in Southern California? I need pigs!

What’s the narrative in the painting? The steampunk angel rises from a rolling pile of pigs while pouring liquid from one jug to another without spilling a drop! Excellent! The narrative alone would be nonsense – allegory adds a layer of mystery and secrecy that I find intriguing.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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