Oil on Canvas
24 in. x 30 in.
Feral Soul, Oil on Canvas, 24 in. x 30 in., 2017
Long Beach, California
"Feral Soul was born from an exiled piece I painted back in 2003, that I was never able to complete to my satisfaction. Fourteen years later I took another look and figured the solution would be to visualize what was going on inside the woman in front of the red veil. Shakespeare said the world is a stage and men and women are merely players that play many parts over the course of a lifetime. When the internal spotlight is trained on this figure, you are able to see what part she is playing through the use of symbolic imagery. The most arresting and prominent of those is the skull, which conveys the realization that the inevitable conclusion of the play is coming. The skull happens to be feline, which relays both the wild, untameable nature and power that comes with the acquisition of the knowledge that there is no encore performance. Which can result in a psychological escape from captivity and domestication. Sunflowers grow through the eye sockets denoting that she has now become a follower of the sun and other natural rhythms like most of the living things on this earth, and not a disciple of stories and myths created by man. The serpent is an allusion to one of those myths as one that whispers knowledge and truth to one living in a manufactured idyllic existence. It is also a creature that accompanies female deities throughout many cultures and the Great Mother, and in this regard takes on the feminine features of the secret, enigmatic, and intuitional. The jewels represent the treasures of knowledge, passion, and truth and the priceless value that comes with those characteristics." - Chris Lowail