The Great Dark Mother
A most powerful archetype representing life, death, sexuality, transformation, earth, rebirth. She is nurturing, caring for children and the elderly and the dying and rebirthing. Oil on canvas. 30x40 inches.
December 29, 2021
With authoritative brushstrokes and dark impasto, Jiro Tcholakian’s "The Great Dark Mother" delves into the black hole of mystery and the subconscious. The thick coats of paint lend the image a sense of depth that enhances its mystifying appearance and absorbs the viewer. A ring of yellow and red paint (fire) frames a yawning void. Whatever lies behind the black mass is frightening and alluring; truths we want but perhaps should not have or a wonderful evocation of creation.
The void is a common theme throughout art history (particularly since the turn of the last century) and is often associated with yonic imagery like Gustave Courbet's provocative and controversial "L'Origine du monde" (call me crazy but I see a resemblance to "The Great Dark Mother"). The notion of hidden truths revealed from within the void is reminiscent of pioneering feminist artist and provocateur, Carolee Schneemann’s "Interior Scroll" performance.
- Abstract, Abstract Expressionism
- Painting - Framed
- Oil, Canvas
30.00 inches wide
40.00 inches tall
2.00 inches deep
- 4.00 lbs