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The Knowledge Leads Nowhere

12" x 18"

Marker on Bristol Vellum Paper


  This is one of my earliest marker pieces; the level of blending and complexity of color and detail is less than the later pieces.  This piece is about knowledge and the way that it takes us no closer to understanding.  We climb the bookshelves of our thoughts never to reach the top, but at the base, where there is awareness are steps that lead beyond knowledge to enlightenment.  The serpent dangles the fruit of knowledge before us as a promise of salvation.  Books fall to burn our own inner fire which turns into smoke, pleasures of the flesh, and distractions from our inner being.  The woman pours more of the booze to keep the internal fire burning for more.