Almost Boxed In

Almost Boxed In

Kathy Grieb Kennedy is one of my favourite artists; I mean she’s in my top twenty currently alive on the planet favourites. After spending a good half hour scouting around for images, I remembered I hadn’t paid her portfolio a visit in a month or so and tapped my way over there pronto. Kathy’s prolific in her creative output, but there were two in particular that stood out for me and the image above was one of them. I found it to be funny, not just the concept but the title ~ it was appropriate for my mood; which was pissed off, dark, brooding, and ever-so-slightly-dejected. So I’m in the throes of whatever I’m in the throes of and I spy a pirate pic with the caption of…

Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all…Johnny Depp

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When Darkness Offers A Light

When Darkness Offers A Light

The Kraken is known to be a destructive force; although here it’s a helpful presence offering a much-needed light in the darkness. A sense of isolation is palpable but only from humankind. Krakens are a recurring theme for me and represent an emotional daemon which lurks in the depths of the subconscious. Symbolically speaking, the water correlates to the emotional life, and all that gets stored through feeling. As a guardian of what lies on the bottom of the ocean floor (the very foundation of our emotional life), the Kraken is often symbolic of a particular emotional state. A state which includes rage directed towards someone who has sailed into dangerous waters. If we felt the need to release the mythical beast from the depths there is usually a sailor within close range; a sailor who can probably sense what lurks beneath or at the very least he’ll have heard rumours about its existence.

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A Moment of Introspection

A Moment of Introspection

There’s an elegance to this picture, and yet when I relax into the scene, I wonder about the situations this represents. In reality, a person who (metaphorically) sails the sea speaks of living a life which is likely to involve being swallowed by whirlpools or caught out by a lightening strike. Symbolically, she’s not in a bad place ~ she stands on rock, not sand, so her foundations are solid. The waves are coming in close to her feet and as she looks out you can only be drawn to imagine what she sees. Her mind as a boat, is it referring to freedom of mind? Or freedom for her emotions to sail the seas at leisure? There’s a hint of longing in how she faces out towards the open water. Does a part of her yearn for the unpredictability that only the open water can bring? But that’s a sailboat, not a pirate ship nor a submarine; they conjure sunny blue skies with only wisps of white cloud, and plenty of warning if there’s a chance of rain or storm.

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