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Symbolism El Gato Chimney

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Chimney's work is stuffed with symbolic imagery if you like that sort of thing. Wanted to share since his latest collection is steeped in Alchemical visions. Please check out his work.

http://www.designboom.com/art/el-gato-chimney-paintings-de-rerum-natura-stephen-romano-gallery-02-27-2015/

The crow is a symbol of death, war, decay and the black earth, the land where flesh is reclaimed. Its also a continuation of a rebirth out of the earth and ever onward. The arrows are the penetration of death or light or the passion of the heart.
Passion of the heart is charity and other things.

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Wow! Very powerful stuff!  Thank you for sharing.  I do feel bad for the crow being stabbed by all the "cocktail swords";) , although he doesn't seem to mind.  The stuff on the link you give is also pretty amazing.
The crow with the spears both attracts me (because it is a neat image and rich in symbolism) _but_ repulses me (just a little) at the same time (because I like crows).  It is wonderful how it pushes me and pulls at me in different ways, simultaneously.  I don't quite know what to make of it, except wonder at it in the sense that "Philosophy begins in wonder." (Aristotle).
Speaking of the black earth and alchemy:
"It is considered probable that chemeia was derived from the Greek word of 'chemi' signifying black.  Whether because of the black soil of the Nile Valley (Zosimus and Alexandria mentioned earlier), wich gave to the Greeks the name Chemi or Kemi for Egypt, or because of a "blackening" which the early alchemists sometimes mention as a preliminary stage to the yellowing or whitening in the "making" of gold or silver, is not certain."--Stillman, Stillman is not that great of a writer, but then again, even a broken clock is right (or in the case of Stillman, right on) twice a day.
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

Wow! Very powerful stuff!  Thank you for sharing.  I do feel bad for the crow being stabbed by all the "cocktail swords";) , although he doesn't seem to mind.  The stuff on the link you give is also pretty amazing.
The crow with the spears both attracts me (because it is a neat image and rich in symbolism) _but_ repulses me (just a little) at the same time (because I like crows).  It is wonderful how it pushes me and pulls at me in different ways, simultaneously.  I don't quite know what to make of it, except wonder at it in the sense that "<span style="line-height: 1.4;">Philosophy begins in wonder." (Aristotle).</span>
Speaking of the black earth and alchemy:
"It is considered probable that chemeia was derived from the Greek word of 'chemi' signifying black.  Whether because of the black soil of the Nile Valley (Zosimus and Alexandria mentioned earlier), wich gave to the Greeks the name Chemi or Kemi for Egypt, or because of a "blackening" which the early alchemists sometimes mention as a preliminary stage to the yellowing or whitening in the "making" of gold or silver, is not certain."--Stillman, Stillman is not that great of a writer, but then again, even a broken clock is right (or in the case of Stillman, right on) twice a day.


I was so pleased to see Chimney in the news. You mention the stages and color changes. When we read black in the old texts was it always the color black being referenced? Did the Alchemist ever use "black" as in the case of dark intent? As I understand it the Alchemist uses Dialectical reasoning. Everything is related to its opposite, evil and purity too. Do you know about that?
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