seeking the serpent

A folio of meditative inquiry, commenced in early 2023. A work in progress. Oils on paper and board.

“Inner motives spring from a deep source that is not made by consciousness and is not under its control. In the mythology of earlier times these forces were called mana, or spirits, demons, and gods. They are as active today as they ever were.” – C.G. Jung, Man and his Symbols, p82.

“Time and again the alchemists reiterate that the opus proceeds from the one and leads back to the one, that it is a sort of circle like the dragon biting its own tail” – C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, 404.

“[Mercurius] is metallic yet liquid, matter yet spirit, cold yet fiery, poison yet healing draught – a symbol uniting all opposites” – C.G. Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, 404.

1. blue scape no. 1

2. blue scape no. 2

3. seeking the serpent

4. scape with fire

5. cobra

6. serpent no. 1

7. serpent no. 2

No. 1 – Oil on paper, 19 cm x 19 cm.
No. 2 – Oil on board, 25.5 cm x 20.5 cm.
No. 3 – Oil on cardboard, mounted on board, 21 cm x 21 cm.
Nos. 4 & 5 – Oil on board, 25.5 cm x 20.5 cm.
Nos. 6 & 7 – Oil on board, 20.5 cm x 25.5 cm.