Shining

Oil, pencil, decorative paper, and paper mache on framed canvas – 14” x 14” x 2 ½” / 2011  SOLD

The moth has long been used in many cultures as a metaphor for death, birth, alchemy, change, faith, and spiritual journey to the light of the One. Moth to a flame is representative of spiritual realization or the bliss of conscious contact with the Divine.

At the time I created this piece, I was going through some deep, personal transformations. I wanted to make a self portrait that illustrated my desire to achieve a level of joy and self realization. Thus I made myself the flame, shining so brightly that moths were attracted to the light. The saying below my portrait -“And then the day came when hiding my light became more painful than shining” – is a variation on a quote by Anais Nin, ” And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”