The Sorcerer is inspired by the Paleolithic figure (of the same name) found in the Cave of the Trois-Frères, Ariège, France. I had the opportunity to travel to France to view some of the Paleolithic art caves and was very moved by a sense of collapsing time. The art in these caves are personal notes traveling to the future, like a time machine, and we are here to receive.
The Sorcerer is in the process of becoming, either a man into an animal, or back into a man. The figure is in a liminal state bordering two worlds, with the ability to understand and see from both sides, which is why the figure is standing in water, an elemental symbol of life, renewal, and the intuitive psyche.
The dark bird, like an alter ego of the dove in the annunciation, is captured in the circle of the full moon, whispering a magical and elemental truth into the sorcerer’s ear. What is it we are meant to know?
The Sorcerer is 30″ x 30″, oil on canvas, with affixed deer antlers (naturally shed.) Available in my studio.