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On the River Styx

24.00"W x 18.00"H x 0.5"D

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Frances Jemini

Jefferson, GA

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: styx, oarsmen, hell, river, moon, blood, yellow, boat, souls, lost, mythology, greek, ferryman, nature, surrealism, abstract

Media: acrylic, gesso, paint, stretched canvas

Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.5"D

Year Created: 2017

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I painted this not long after re-watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series last year. I was reminded of the story of the Goddess Styx and her domain of the waterways between the world of the living and the underworld. When I began with the gold-yellow background, I had an idea of what our sunset would look like to those lost souls floating in the River Styx. I chose to imagine the encroaching sunset all afire. Just as it's been heard from every sermon mount and temple pulpit since the invention of the written word, this is what happens to peoples' souls if not divinely 'saved'. The four oarsmen, along with Charon, ferry the lost souls to the underworld across the River Styx as they have been doing for all eternity.

So, I might have read "Paradise Lost" one too many times...

Frances Jemini grew up watching her graphic-artist mother create art out of paper, cardboard, fabric, oil paints - you name it - and has thus tended towards artistic interests her whole life. It led her to study architecture at Virginia Tech, which is where she began creating acrylics and mixed-media artwork. Her style has been described as expressionist abstract centering mainly on the use of bold colors and deep textures and reflects her strong architectural background. Currently residing in Athens, Georgia Frances has also been greatly influenced by the local artist scene and enjoys incorporating avant-garde materials into her work. Her multimedia designs and artwork consist of found materials including cardboard, sheet vinyl, plastic, old credit cards, string and junkyard metal.

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