Labyrinths, Maps and Armours / The Road 1996 - 2007
 

The first cohesive thread which appeared in the work was the sincere attempt to answer the questions: "Why do I feel what I feel and see what I see? Why do I experience these visions and how can I learn from them, for they cause me as much pain as they cause me awe."

The maps were of the Labyrinth I understood the world to be. But like Borges' descriptions, which influenced my ideas at the time, I knew it was made of illusions, yet I was determined to find a key to the patterns, a key to the systems at play.

The Fish is the Alchemical student, going through the waters of knowledge (many Alchemical symbols were used in the work).

The Armour is a protection for the journey. It can be made of an infinity of things.. for the journey is complex.
The Sword Tree came from my belief that at the centre of the world was a source for everything: the "Immovable mover" of Greek Philosophy. And that this source could direct us, re-align us and revive us. The Sword was a symbol for a compass as well as willpower.
Representations of the "Shifts" which haunted me since puberty, started to appear in the work as well, depicting the states I was in when I had visions.
 
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Leaving the Labyrinth VII- 1998
 
Drowning - 1996
 
The Green Sweets - 1998
 
The Golden Boat - 1998
 
                 
 
 
 

   
 
Leaving the Labyrinth II - 1997
 
Armour II - 1997
 
Armour III - 1998
 
Armour I - 1997
 
 
                 
         
 
Leaving the Labyrinth VIII- 1998
 
Attempt to take flight, cover - 1997
 
Attempt to take flight, page 5 - 1997
 
Map II & IIV - 1997
 
                 
         
 
Leaving the Labyrinth I - 1997
 
White day - 1997
 
Red day - 1997
 
Armours I, II & III - 1997-98
 
                 
         
 
Leaving the Labyrinth V- 1997
 
Sword Tree - 1997
 
Sword Tree II- 1998
 
Sword Tree III - 1999
 
                 
         
 
Leaving the Labyrinth IV - 1997
 
Little Souls (in the blood) - 2007
 
Little Souls (in the sky) - 2007
 
Keys - 2003
 
                 
         
 
Leaving the Labyrinth - 2003
 
Lilith / tail - 2007
 
Lilith / wing - 2007
 
Lilith - 2007
 
                 
         
 
OO+ - 2003
 
OO+ - 2006
 
Woman / Man - 2006
 
July - 2006
 
                 

 

 

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