Edgar Allan Poe is quoted as saying “The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
It’s an intriguing concept and one which has inspired me to delve further into it with a series of paintings on which I’m currently working. Either prominently or secondarily, these paintings will all showcase dark-feathered birds frequently associated with death but which are nevertheless a vital part of the cycle of life, such as ravens, crows and especially vultures. To further accentuate the entwined relationship of life and death, I plan to juxtapose these dark birds with the light and life-giving elements of Nature. Although still primarily landscapes, these works will be a definite step outside the realm of my usual comfort zone but I look forward to this new voyage of discovery, and invite you to come along with me as I explore the innate connections between life and death.
|© 2016 Tammy Kaufman - Sentinels - soft pastels on Richeson Premium 12" x 16"|