Thursday, 5 April 2012
THE SERPENT BEARER #2 - cover illustration
Cover illustration and design for this Finnish music zine "concentrating on the esoteric side of heavy/black/death metal as well as acts from the field of dark experimental music".
After considering various approaches, I adopted a fairly literal interpretation of the publication title. Serpent imagery has prominently manifested itself in my life over the last few years, demanding reference and inclusion in the vast majority of recent illustration work. Perhaps one of the most mutable and complex archetypes found in both classical and esoteric art it would be naieve of me to think I've even begun to comprehend the true meaning of the serpent. Personally to me at the moment it seems to represent metamorphosis...or at least urges the need for change. Likewise, the midnight sun of Sol Niger makes an appearance once again, but instead of cowering under it's supposedly baleful influence the central figure stands proud and possibly even enriched by its presence.
She is tethered to the frame as I am tethered to these symbols. The identity of this figure is also a mystery to me, but again demanded inclusion within the piece. It seems to be the same figure that appeared on my Profound Lore poster. She bears the winged brow common to later depictions of the Medusa / Gorgon, yet now brandishes both trident and sickle. Lilith as Proserpina, daughter of Ceres? A sun worshipper taken to the underworld against her will, yet who now reigns triumphantly as a queen under black light.
This new issue of The Serpent Bearer so should see the light of day soon. Check out their blog for features and updates here : theserpentbearer.blogspot.co.uk
I also prepared a version sans text as a limited edition art print : 18x24", 1 colour sepia on French paper. Many thanks to Mark McCormick for the awesome printing on these. These won't be up for sale in my store until late May but here's a preview for now...