We love leading Filipino contemporary artist Ronald Ventura, known for his finely crafted sculptures, installations, and works on paper, through which he seduces viewers into confronting modern ills. As he explains: “I try to do something that is inviting to draw the viewer in. […] But if you look carefully, you can see something behind.” What do you think ?
The painting represents two shepherds who come across a tomb with the inscription "Et in Arcadia ego". This ambiguous Latin phrase translates to “And I too (am) in Arcadia" or rather, "Me too, (death), I am in Arcadia”. The message of the art appears unequivocal: death makes its presence felt inexorable even in a pleasant place such as Arcadia. 👁⠀
“Et in Arcadia ego”, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri
#TripleGoddess evident in symbolism around us. The power of the young feminine, Divine mother, Wise one, always so evident. Be the maker, nurturer, elder that you never had and be best for them. For the present, build the future, transform fear, all great vibes come your way~ 🐇💕
🌟This is Unsensored!🌟 "Key to the Heart"
So here's the finished painting! In the end I really like how this turned out! 🙂 There were many times I was unsure about it, especially when I had issues with the paper repelling the paint 😐 I'll probably post a full image of this later but for now here is a close up swipe!
This has a special meaning to me, as it represents this unseen force I often feel when around my close friends and family, and how fate guides us to meet these people. Bees are often used to represent community, and teamwork. They also have ties to creativity and wealth (not necessarily money either), which I thought very suitable 🤔
Can you see them? We almost missed these Cairns except that I wanted to stop and take a picture looking in the opposite direction. When I turned around there they were.
It's crazy how we can go through life and miss obvious signs pointing us in the right direction. If we do miss them, is it because we were meant to go down a different path? Destiny?
What if we see them and choose to ignore them? Are we then creating our own path or Destiny?
There can be no regrets if you walk the path you were meant to take but, if you ignore the signs and make your own path you may always wonder what you were really meant to do or be. Then maybe there is regret for missing out on the life you were supposed to have but chose to walk away and pursue another direction.
I'm glad I stopped to take in the beauty of the moment because had I not, I might have ended up lost. #deepthoughts#signs#noregrets#destiny#cairns#journey#hiking#intuition#symbolism @mmislan26
Herzlichen Glückwunsch Franz!
Erinnert ihr euch noch an den Geburtstag von Max Klinger? Franz von Stuck, der heute 155 Jahre alt wird, ist ebenfalls ein Künstler des Symbolismus (und des Jugendstils). Seine Werke hängen sogar im gleichen Raum wie die von Klinger – gleich neben unserem Munch. Stucks Bronze „Amazone“ ist eine der erfolgreichsten und am häufigsten gegossenen Plastiken der Wende vom 19. zum 20. Jahrhundert: mit der eleganten Linienführung traf er den Nerv der Zeit. Starke, furchterregende Frauen und Männer sind typisch für Stuck. Wenn ihr Lust auf mehr habt – wir zeigen momentan 3 weitere Gemälde von ihm in der ständigen Sammlung!
Skulptur: Amazone, Franz von Stuck, Bronze, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud
People ask me all the time about my rings, what they mean and where did I get them WARNING... this is a Long post, if you are here just for the picture this is the part where you want to stop and move on.
The skull ring was a custom collaboration between myself and @dog_state for my brand @iv.vi.iii about 2 years ago skulls are and have always been a symbol of mortality a reminder that we have only so much time on the planet and to make a good life for ourselves and others to elevate the next generation to the next level of being or consciousness. My brand logo on the other hand is a journey of self and something each person must find their own meaning in.
The Freemason ring (yes I am a Freemason) is vintage I picked it up searching for something just like it about 15 years ago i wasn’t a Freemason at the time but it pushed me closer to the craft and deeper into esoteric studies.
The 3 black rings (originally 4 one was lost doing work for @coachella ) these were made for me by an extremely talented and visionary young lady at @hvntergvtherer, I had them made after a terrible breakup caused by addiction and mental illness. It was a form of mourning the loss and blacking out my fingers except the traditional wedding finger. Left open to leave space for someone new.
And the “yin yang” was given to me as a gift by someone extremely close to my heart the depth of the symbolism of this ring both in the traditional Buddhist sense and in the personal interconnected sense would take days to explain so I’ll leave it here.
The Lo-Hei (撈起) or 發財魚生 (Fatt Choy Yu Sang or ‘Prosperity raw fish salad’) that’s now pretty much a staple for chinese communities in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore was actually invented by 4 Singaporean Cantonese chefs. Today we got back to where it all started - the 麗華酒家 (Lai Wah restaurant). The first plate of this raw fish salad, laden with auspicious symbolism, was first served here in 1964. And, true to the Cantonese penchance for symbolism, the typical raw salmon fish has been replaced by sliced abalone (鮑魚), which sounds like （包你有餘 or ‘Prosperity’s guaranteed). For me... I’m in this because it’s that 1 time in a year that adults can literally make a mess at the dinner table when we start tossing and mixing the ingredients - all for a blessed year ahead ! 😆✌️🎇
I felt fortunate to spend an evening meandering through the art gallery in Toronto for the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit. Mystery and beauty in nature were evident in his paintings and the creatures he made for his movies. Del Toro is magnificent in creating layers that unify themes in humanity.
Biophilia hypothesis: humans possess an innate tendency to search for connection in nature. I feel more so now that spending time on the internet, which supposedly connects, disconnects us from nature. The spirit in the room had me wonder how do we connect with nature.
For me, understanding how I can reconnect to my gut feelings has meant acceptance and a reconnection to nature. Mother Nature sends us reminders and, given time and sensibility, we begin to make sense of things. Forgiveness becomes a journey like the gentle flowing of a river, which leads us back to our centre.