The Golden Bowl viii

Perhaps the painting needs a little explanation and clarification.

The trinity is expressed in three figures: the monad by the central bowl carrying girl; the dyad by the young woman with the rod; the triad by the young man with his fingers by his throat. I changed the sword to a rod because it seemed to express an aggressive gesture which wasn’t my intent. I’ll place a sword elsewhere in the painting.

The points of the compositional star rest on the key organs of three senses. The upper point is on the eye of the girl at the top of the star, while the next two lower points are upon the mouths of the two figures at her side; and the lowest pair of points rest upon the ears of the kneeling figures at the bottom of the painting. To me this is an allegory to see the truth, speak the truth and hear the truth.   

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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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