|Birthday Gift Number Seven embellished with electric candlelight ala Hubby (children make safety a necessary evil).|
This painting is called "Raising the Lilies of the Nile." Like her other works of this kind, Ms. Gilbert has painted on glass which makes for vivid colour & a very high sheen (& subsequently makes is very difficult to photograph). What bright joy to see in the morning & how strangely she glows in the dark. I cannot get enough.
I did a little poking about regarding the title & found an article entitled, "Sacred Narcotic Lily of the Nile." I have yet to read it all, but I hope to find a spare moment sometime before I turn fifty. Here's just a bit from the introduction:
"Who were the "Lotus Eaters" of early Africa? The fabulous people who occupied the north coast of Africa and lived on the lotus, which brought forgetfulness and happy indolence... A suggestion that certain water lilies might have narcotic properties is found in their frequent use as a motif in funerary art among the Egyptians as well as Mayans..."and later,
"We are left with the inescapable conclusion that the blue water lily, Nymphaea caerulea, was exploited for its narcotic content in order to provoke the shamanic state of ecstasis among a priestly caste in ancient Egypt... and comparisons with recent investigations into similar New World traditions may lead to a very different way of viewing Egyptian art and artifacts..."
Fascinating. I am curious about this ongoing of chain of references to mind-altering substances that has been frequenting my life (both conscious & subconscious, only some of which have been mentioned here), especially since I am most certainly not in the position to be following up on these 'suggestions' anytime soon. What is going on here? Who is trying to get a message through & what is it? Well, while I wait for the answer, I can rest my gaze on this dreamy image & have my lilies as I please -- while still remaining coherent enough to clean up after the kids.
In case you were wondering, yes I cried... like the happiest forty year old baby there has ever been.