Thursday, September 02, 2004
Waiting / Watching
This is a work that deals with change. To me, the Raven has always symbolized a change of thinking, of heart, or of the way in which one lives their life. The Raven is a trickster - often a nuisance - but in the end, his mischief always brings about a lesson, or a blessing (mixed as it may be).
In "Waiting", the figure is calm, inward looking. She is observing both the world around her and the world within her. She is at the cusp of learning something new, and there is an anxiety to it. Her body holds that anxiety in her shoulders...the indrawn breath. She is surrounded by a land in flux, an autumn place that holds within it a preternatural calm and timelessness. For this moment, everything has stopped and life stands still. She is on the precipice of change. There is a sublime tension here. The kind wherein we experience that sudden leap to a new level of understanding or resolve. She is about to exhale and when she does, she will experience that exciting, intensely personal moment when we see with altered eyes and it feels like the world has dawned anew.
In "Watching", the Raven's eye pierces outward, but it is neither in challenge nor intrusively. His gaze is simply direct. The Raven watches. He has invested a trick and is waiting to see if it will pay off. A stumbling block has been placed in our path...how are we going to deal with it? If we do not rise to the challenge, the trick may result in something difficult, but if we are reflective and open, and attempt to find the path or solution to our trouble, then the trick will help us to live a more complete life. And this is the role of the Raven. He teaches us through frustration, but his intent is not to harm. Although it may look like he leads us into difficulty, and the path may indeed be hard, he guides us away from the impassable and deadly route and keeps us on the safer road.
Posted by Aaron Paquette