A complete woman, “Une Femme” self-sufficient, a whole universe.
One enters the painting from the bottom where the Lions Deleo aspect stand as gatekeepers telepathically reading the intentions of the approaching person. They are symbols of strength and endurance.
The Lions, temple and Gothic cathedral windows represent three lower Chakras; power, sensation and security. In addition, the Alhambra temple indicates not only the sacredness of the womb, but also the continuous practice of established religions, to use sexuality as a means of domination and exploitation. The same idea is expressed by the Gothic cathedral windows which represent the ovaries.
The prisms that the Lions hold in their claws symbolizes the analytical mind. Significantly the prism points to the entrance of the holy temple. No one can enter this temple unless they have gone through scrutinizing analysis. Thus, the prism connects intellect with emotions.
The round dome (the omphalos, the navel of the world) is shown at the hare (solar plexus) as the center power station.
One passes through the fire of purification to rise to a higher heart chakra represented by the green Emerald aglow with the fire of love. From here the route is open to cosmic consciousness.
At the throat chakra we find a Greek temple symbol of western culture of its sculptural art, drama and poetry.
Above it is the great pyramid of Egypt, the epitome of all our mathematical knowledge about the cosmos-knowledge once lost but now rediscovered by the scientists. The the pyramid is also the computer and crystal we all bear within that enables us to tap into the cosmic ocean of consciousness unseen and luminous.
The hands and arms indicate the paths to truth. The hands are covered by mazes indicating learning as a trial and error process. There are two paths to the top; the Golden Yang is tougher more adventurous. The silver Yin is slower and safer, step-by-step both lead up.
• Title: Une Femme
• Subject: Her inner life
• Location: Maui, Hawaii
• Completed: 1986
• Pieces: One
• Style: Visionary
• Colors: Blue, Gold
• Signed: Yes
• Frame: n/a
• Purchase: Giclee, Other