Heaven (Blue 1)
25" x 8.2" x .5", 2 pieces each (12.5" x 8.2" x .5")
Acrylic on canvas
A statement by the artist, Michael Petry:
This diptych is from my recent series of works called The Landscape of the Gods that investigates the physical descriptions of various heavens (Nirvana, Elysium, Vaikuntha, Firdaus,Tian) and gods across many of the worlds religious beliefs. The ‘Heaven’ works are all diptychs and reference the idea of clouds, which are a common idea of what it might look like in many Christian forms of that religion. These works also relate to the Greek idea proposed by Plato that humans were originally born as doubles (i.e 2 men, 2 women or one of each) that is as conjoined twins. Humans angered the gods who tore them apart and placed them across the world, creating desire in humans, specifically the desire to be part of a union, to find their other half. Equally the paint is heavily applied and perhaps looks like the joy found in a reunification.
Height: 25.00 in
Width: 8.20 in