Friday, February 29, 2008

Ancient Archetype No. 1 - The Alchemist

This piece is part of my new Ancient Archetype Series, a series of collages that will explore the multitude of sacred elements that comprise the collective unconscious.

The Alchemist
This archetype's defining trait is the act of converting some form of matter into an altered expression of itself. It often relies on a combination of chemistry, magic, and philosophy and thrives on the mysterious, and often enchanting, relationship between matter and the creation of life. This fairytale insect hybrid is no exception. According to ancient folklore, despite her cumbersome insect casing, she always loved to dance and moved with a grace and spirit that belied her sharp, pointy exterior. In an effort to increase her ease of movement and mobility, she deconstructed her outer shell to resemble an intricately beautiful ball gown, perfect for pirouetting through life.

15 comments:

Octavine Illustration said...

wonderful piece. beautiful post.

dollface design said...

thank you so much octavine!!! ♥
xoxo
layla

Dadadreams Curious Collage Creations said...
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Dadadreams Curious Collage Creations said...

Wonderful! I look forward to seeing more of the pieces in this series. I have a ton of books on alchemy and archetypes.

mendytexas said...

How unique and beautiful, Layla!

dollface design said...

thanks dadadreams! i find all that archetype stuff extremely interesting, so it seemed to be a good fit for a series ♥

thank you mendy!!! saw your gorgeous creations in digital studio, they looked AMAZING!!!!

xoxo
layla

~dani~ said...

Hey chickadee..love the bee! Your work has definitely opened me up to new ideas and I love that!

dollface design said...

thank you dani!!! i love hearing stuff like that, thank you so much, glad you like my little insect girl!
xoxo
layla

littlebighead said...

ooooh...i love this, nicely done!!!

dollface design said...

thanks littlebighead!!! ♥

Charming Sam said...

love, love, loooovvvveee this!!!!

dollface design said...

thanks charming sam!!! i appreciate it!

layla

Gabriela said...

Hello,

I really love your art, quite amazing the things you do!

Warm regards,

Gabriela

dollface design said...

thank you so much gabriela! and thank you for stopping by! ♥
xoxo
layla

Mike said...

I love your art too. It's really unique and special.