Studying symbols is interesting. It is a forgotten visual language that I want to share. Meanings of Symbols like the spoken language change over time and are influenced by different cultures and time.
In Chinese culture, the Kingfisher is a symbol of feminine beauty, wealth and social standing. In Ancient Greece, days of calm and peacefulness are called Halcyon (kingfisher) days. The arabesque influenced floral “sweet pea” scrolls symbolise a long life filled with growth.
I use symbols in my art as a way to communicate and explore the subject of my personal identity and hence a microcosm of all identities which I feel is made up of tiny fragments over time to make a whole. The way symbols in art work together to tell a story.
Blue and white : Kingfisher
Acrylic on paper
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