August 13, 2015 by smithartonline
Black Comet is the second work made for the Pasadena Society of Artist‘s exhibition Archery which will be on view in October.
Auspicious Signs and Black Comet present propitious symbols – a presentation with a genesis in the theme of this exhibition.
Both works are my exploration of the talisman motif. I have assembled symbols relating to good fortune as found in many world cultures. One particular talisman relating to good fortune is the Japanese hamaya, demon-breaking arrow. These decorative arrows are presented to individuals at New Year’s to ward off misfortune and to attract good luck.
Symbols bring up whole ideas and experiences based both in personal and cultural interactions, resulting in unique responses to an image. Symbols, by their definition, are powerful visual prompts causing the viewer to become an active participant in the art experience.
I celebrate the multicultural influences unique to this continent. This part of the world is truly a melting pot of many ideas and philosophies creating a rich and ever evolving culture.