IMMORTAL WAVE (MEXICAN)
This timeless and simple gesture has become a symbol in everyday visual communication, including a much-used emoji.
Visual language crosses borders and continents easier than the written word carrying with it, of course, some cultural variations which can be open to misinterpretation.
However, in this DREAMSCAPE, we are uncertain if the figure, which is based on a PAPIER-MACHE Mexican model, is waving (welcoming) to someone in front, or gesturing at the figure on a mule in the far distance behind.
The small DÍA DE MUERTOS skeleton in the red sand to the right of the central figure might represent La Catrina, the conch shell (sexual desire), and the reclining female figure above could be seen as either on a plinth or entering a grave.
These symbols also form four corners of an encircling device with a central figure, which can be expressing the changing forces of birth, a fulfiled life journey, death and remembrance hidden within them.
Water could be interpreted as a new wave and life force arriving at the shore and the plant-form seen as bringing new growth and energy.
IMMORTAL WAVE. (MEXICAN) 2020 Digital Painting Archival Gicleé Limited Edition of 50 Prints. By London-based artist, EDWIN PHILPOTT and printed on Giclée Hahnemühle Photo Rag