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Watercolor and bronze leaf on paper, image size (11” x 14”) framed size (17” x 20.5” x 1.5”)
"Death to the Patriarchy," according to the artist:
"I never thought I would share this painting publicly because it is ugly and hard to look at. I also had some nameless fear about sharing something so controversial and challenging to the power of the 6000+ year old patriarchal establishment. Yet here it is.
This painting was born of a deep explosive rage in the root of my Being. A rage, millennia in the making, burned into the DNA of every woman, minority, indigenous, untouchable, slave and disadvantaged victim of this pejorative, self-justified, self-serving system of domination. Power, greed, control, leading to cruelty, violence, punishment, and ultimate self-aggrandizement are their badges of honor. Enough is enough! When I call for death, I am not calling for violence, but for diminishment, dismemberment, dissolution, disempowerment and extinction of a type of thinking and consciousness that supports such action. I am not vilifying good men, but the system of society and government in which certain human beings, classically men of privilege and entitlement use their power to intimidate, dominate, oppress and disempower the people.
On the other hand, this painting gives me hope. It shows me that out of the Apocalyptic energies perpetrated by the Patriarch within each of us, something new is arising. A new consciousness that is sick and tired of the same old power and war games within our own psyche mirrored on the world stage. A deepening awareness of how we treat our own vulnerable hearts and an accelerated consciousness away from the unenlightened establishment toward a new order founded on divine illumination. In the painting,
I witness the self-destruction of the old by it's own bestial energies, and am inspired by the power of nature coming in to cleanse and restore balance and new growth. The new face of courage, fearlessness, innocence and truth in the upper right feels like a role model for my own individuation - Free to speak my truth and free to love the way I love.
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to share this very private prayer for transformation."
Click here for Victoria Coulter's artist bio.