"She on Honey-Dew Hath Fed" – Paige Carpenter
– Beauty in the Grotesque –
The underside of this rock breathes the way water ripples to the shore on a windy day. Pulsating figures writhe in the dark, sliding across the surface - a mitosis of little bodies merging. Folding over one another, slipping past each-other, with a kind of sensual movement. Hidden from the light of day, they come alive to do their delicate job.
In the dark, the soft sounds of wings conjure visions of etherial entities. Specters who drift to and fro between the naked branches. And in the moonlight, small spirits skirt against the still surface of the pond, the click-clicking of their static voices barely audible.
SWARM invites 60+ artists to glamorize the unique creatures that are overlooked because they're underfoot, lurking in the shadows, or slipping silently through the air in the still of night.
Our cabinet of curiosities could contain a still life with silk moths. Scientific references of reticulated reptiles. Tap into the elements that trigger our phobias of the strange and unfamiliar, and help us elevate the beauty in their existence. So imagine dangling your limbs into dark water, or your skin crawling at the thought of spiny legs scurrying, and look again at the creatures that make us shiver.
She on Honey-Dew Hath Fed
Original Artwork – Oil
10.5" x 12.5" (Framed)
She on Honey-Dew Hath Fed
11" x 14"
About this piece:
I have always been fascinated by bees. They are true alchemists, able to turn pollen in to liquid gold.
"...All should cry, Beware! Beware!
Her flashing eyes, her floating hair!
Weave a circle round her thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For she on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise."
Quote adapted from Kubla-Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
About this artist:
Paige Carpenter's work explores beauty and mystery. She believes that truth can be revealed through the fantastic, and strives to show this through art. She loves Norse mythology, reading, and gardening. She lives in Texas in the company of many books.
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