The Abduction of Sophia/ Subduing of Ahriman

The Abduction of Sophia/ Subduing of Ahriman,

Cone 6 Gas Fired Stoneware, 15” X 24” 2014

This is a piece I did a few years ago. The Title image, The Abduction of Sophia, was a recycling of some drawings I did in the 1990’s in preparation for a painting that I never started. The idea arose from reading translations of original Gnostic texts detailing some of the Gnostic myths. I opted to do a semi literal rendering since it is told in this way.  When I started to add the images to the ceramic vessel, I decided to  contrast the abduction with the subduing of Ahriman by Michael. Then I thought to contrast the images of the crucifixion of Christ and the crucifixion of the black magician, in the Americas at the time of Christ, on each side. This comes from Steiner’s lectures on the Mexican mysteries and the Knights Templar. The contrasting scriptures are as follows: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”(Psalm 23:4”, and “The wicked are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.”  (Psalm 1:4). Oddly enough, I remember the second verse not from Sunday school but from an Emlyn Williams play entitled  Night must Fall. 
As you can see, the colors did not quite come out as bright as in the work in progress. There was too much reduction in the gas kiln and it bled the oxides in the slips and stains. Sometimes I will fire again in oxidation with more color, but I decided to leave it as it is. It is a dark piece. For better or worse, I will let it speak for itself without explaining too much.

 

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“Encountering Our Humanity”, An Invitation to Artists in North America working out of Anthroposophy

Invitation

David Adams recently sent out an invitation to  “Visual Artists Inspired by Anthroposophy”. For artists working out of Anthroposophy, please open and read the attached 2-page Invitation to submit work to an open exhibition to be held in Ottawa, Canada, on the theme of “Encountering Our Humanity,” in August 2016: Final Invitation to Anthroposophical Artists in North America

Architect Douglas Cardinal

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I came across images of Architect Douglas Cardinal’s  work today for the first time and was struck by its beauty and elegance. I gathered from what I  read, that he was strongly influenced by Rudolf Steiner. Here are a few links to articles and his web site:  Architect Douglas Cardinal

albertaviews.ab.ca/2013/11/06/the-organic-architect

thestar.com/news/stardispatches/2014/05/09