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Gouache and collage with sculptural elements of figure with symbol for mercury on panel.
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Gouache, collage, nails and embroidery thread on panel
12" x 12"

This piece is really emblematic of how I feel about art from the perspective of meaning and theme, if not from the perspective of ideal aesthetics. There are endless symbols and they all mean something intrinsically, but they also change their meanings with relation to one another, and then they all change their meaning from one individual to the next. The figure relates to the god Mercury, who is one of the original gods of the arts, as well as a messenger, in this case bringing a message that is coded. He carries a caduceus, as Mercury and Hermes are often depicted.