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Valley of the Cross
Valley of the Cross


Valley of the Cross
Added by: dali54
Date: 10.20.2006 14:51
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Join Date: 07.02.2005
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Interesting use of blended colors in the water.

That upsidedown cross makes me a bit uncomfortable though. Not too much bit just a bit. lol
10.20.2006 15:23 Offline spektyr spektyr at

Join Date: 05.26.2004
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I think if the hand were comming into the picture and not just pinned on the upside down cross, it would be more scary. The colours in the water are indeed very cool.
10.20.2006 18:11 Offline Horo h.-r.h.wernli at

Join Date: 01.03.2004
Comments: 2227

The impaled hand reminds me of ancient images of the mutilation of corpses after battle, where the bodies were dismembered and the various bits placed on grousome display, possibly this was suppsed to interfere with the passage of the defeated into the afterlife.

The concept of the cross being upsidedown, is, of course, only relevant if you believe it has a rightway up.

The colour of the water and sky is very cheerful, in stark contrast to the darker images of death and inpalement.

I always have difficulty analying these images, and this is no exception. Is it a comedy piece or a tradgedy? I just don't know.
10.20.2006 19:23 Offline davidbrinnen mail at

Join Date: 01.24.2005
Comments: 22

This image depicts the ability of evil to be right in front of our face, not just in the dark but illuminated crystal clear, a disguise fools most of us.
10.20.2006 19:49 Offline dali54

Join Date: 06.04.2006
Comments: 2622
I was just about to say....

Dali you just beat me by a few minutes as I was busy and couldn't respond immediately but I saw your point. This is a similar point to the last one where the dark ideas are presented in a seemingly illuminated way. A mixing of dark ideas with bright colors. A juxtaposition. A poem.

Symbols are the language you speak to us in. Most other artists are working literally but your work is all figurative. That has it's benefits and perhaps it's downsides, as symbols mean different things to different people. The interpretation is completely up to the viewer which is itself a profound statement, though risky because some people find certain symbols confusing when presented certain ways.

I for one felt that the upside down cross represented the nailing to the cross and the body at the bottom to be bleeding that colorful liquid that fills the water. The silver eagle is the bringer of messages, while the cube shows the many faces of death. Again the inside theme of placing a globe of some sort that inverts part of the scene showing how all is a matter of perception and that perceptions can be bent and controlled. The re-emergence of the bald tree trunks in this piece tells me that they are significant to you in some way but I don't yet see the connection, though I guess they do provide a sense of deadnes to any scene you use them in.

You are bringing that old "artistic" feel to CG, where the emphasis is usually on realism. It takes some getting used to but your work has certianly begun to grow on me.

I feel the next step might be to produce a more pointed piece. A piece that is slightly more direct that doesn't leave quite as many possibilites open as to the ultimate meaning of the piece. Well thought out and chosen symbols take time and may require that you work a little bit slower, giving ideas time to prove themselves worthy. If you can produce scenes like this in a hurry, I really am anxious to see what a visual poet like you could communicate if you put your mind to it and took your time to choose the most effective symbols possible.

This piece is very pleasing to look at even though it definetly disturbs. The religious symbols are a tricky subject in that as I said before you tend to leave so much open to us that some people might get confused as to what you are "saying" with these symbols.

I feel honored to watch you develop these messages, or really what I call visual poems. Keep it going.
10.20.2006 21:32 Offline rashadcarter1 rashadcarter1 at
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