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Bothersome birds, 2×5′ on Canvas

This painting came from a nightmare with three parts: being chased, grabbed and ignored. The memory took on a second perspective in the creative process. In active imagination and sketching the dream I remember the Three wise monkeys. This painting is Three mystic birds who discuss evil and ways forward. For example, they suggested mouse not only have a safe space and but also an escape door. 

More about the myth

The three wise monkeys , sometimes called the three mystic apes, are a pictorial maxim. Together they embody the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.

There are various meanings ascribed to the monkeys and the proverb including associations with being of good mind, speech and action. In the Western world the phrase is often used to refer to those who deal with impropriety by turning a blind eye. (Wikipedia)


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