Portfolio > Chrysalis

Phoenix Egg
oil
47" x 9"
2011
Winter Chrysalis : Transformational Entanglement
oil on shaped panel
17" x 16"
2008
Winter Chrysalis: Gold Fire
oil and gold leaf
12" x 10"
2008
Chrysalis: Whirlwind
oil
27" x 12"
2011
Chrysalis
oil on panel
23" x 24"
2006
Last Sigh
oil
32" x 24"
2008

I read somewhere that if you cut open a chrysalis in the middle of winter, all you will see is soup. Apparently the creature inside disolves completely before re-forming into a butterfly, which is why a chrysalis is so much harder on the outside than a cocoon; the protection is necessary. I also read somewhere that a true secret is something you cannot tell anybody no matter how hard you try. These paintings are about the transformation process, particularly focusing on that irreducibly mysterious moment (and it can be a very long moment) when the old state had dissolved and the new state is not yet apparent. There are more paintings about this on the way.