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This piece is based on the Stag in Celtic Mythology, where he is believed to guide those who have died to the afterworld, as he is said to be able to pass between worlds with one leap. The butterfly is also traditionally used as a symbol for the soul and transformation. The stag is breathing out lotus flowers that turn into butterflies, as open lotus flowers represent different stages of enlightenment, and the butterflies show the 'transformed and enlightened' souls that the stag had guided through to the Afterlife...
- Size: W 120.0 cm x H 150.0 cm
- Medium: Painting
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Louise's creations features nature, animals, and the celestial realm in glorious, blazing neon hues, where the animals are Godlike, Sublime and ethereal in their luminescence. Not wishing to limit herself or a subject matter, Louise adopts a mixed media approach which usually manifests in painted drawings on traditional and sometimes unusual supports, such as celestial maps.View Profile »
The soft style suggests a delicate relationship between Nature and ourselves, making a clear point about man's destruction of Nature, which flutters jewel-like in the balance. By subverting traditional representation, Nature hints at darker consequences, yet paradoxically giving animals an elevated status with the neon paint making them look as though they have their own inner light and are literally shining from within.
Just as we use highlighter pens to mark areas of importance, Louise adopts the same approach using fluorescent paint in her works. By drawing the viewers’ attention to the animal’s presence and energy, she is hoping to share with the viewer the awe that the natural world inspires within.