Wax Cataclysm Of Phoenixes And Unphoenixes by Mark Sheeky

G217A Wax Cataclysm Of Phoenixes And Unphoenixes
Oil on panel
Apr to Jun 2010, Size 234x336 mm

Detail from Wax Cataclysm Of Phoenixes And Unphoenixes by Mark Sheeky

About this painting
A existentialist painting about mortality and immortality, the cycles death and rebirth. We see figures made of wax but they are burning, like candles, so this paintings first asks us; what must it feel like to be a candle, lit and burning away?

This feeling is the essence of our mortality, and this simple idea forms the heart of this examination of life and death.

The painting starts with an egg on the left, birth, and dancing figures of youth. In the centre a bird, worried and melting, yet this is a phoenix, a bird of rebirth. Outlines of a skull indicate the worry is about death, re-enforcing the theme, yet as we move right, the mood becomes more resigned and calm, ending with a single tiny candle, this time lit with a gentle flame and quietly upright.

Two worried eyes transform into a profile of thoughtfulness. The phoenix appears again, but now as rock, more solid and confident. The tiny candle appears where the mind should be, and there lies a final peace and understanding.

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