'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Three Hares go round and round...

© Sue Wookey
Three Hares

I've finally got around to scanning my latest paintings (more to come!) - I know it's been a while since I posted one. I have been painting, honest! This is a painting based on the ancient symbol of Three Hares. No one knows the real origin or meaning of this strange symbol, but it is found all along the Silk Road from China to South West England where it can be seen on church roof bosses and in stained glass. The Three Hares chase each other around and share three ears (not six) so it's a bit of an optical illusion. It's one of the many symbols that contain a trinity, like the triskelion (the Isle of Man symbol) and the Celtic symbol of three interlocking spirals. The symbol could be connected to the lunar cycle. Or perhaps not. No one knows. I've put moons in the painting anyway because - to me - it represents the cyclical passing of time which both races by faster than we can catch it and repeats at one and the same time.

For those straining to read the upside-down writing it says:

In time take time while time doth last, for time is no time when time is past : Anon


The passing minute is every man's equal posession, but what has once gone by is not ours : Marcus Aurelius

This is my second pass at this painting. I got a long way with it while I was having my boiler replaced (in an attempt to ignore the awful destruction) and made some ghastly errors. Never paint when your whole house is being turned upside down or you end up with the bin as your critic. Heigh ho.


lmg said...

This is wonderful!

Teresa K said...

I really like these hares. I see what you mean now about them sharing three ears, I couldn't quite visualise it before!

Sue W said...

I'm really glad you both like it! I agonised about whether to make the hares realistic or more abstract and I'm still not sure about it. Perhaps I'll do another totally abstract one and see how it looks ;-).