Metamorphosis

“Metamoth”, Acrylic, acrylic skins on w/c paper, 11 X 7″

I’ve been having a lot of fun with color studies and using skins of leftover acrylic paint to decorate them.  There’s often a figurative element along with wings, and in this series, the suggestion of butterfly/moth shapes and metamorphosis.

I love words, so I looked up “meta” and found an interesting word history:

prefix meaning 1. “after, behind,” 2. “changed, altered,” 3. “higher, beyond,” from Gk. meta  (prep.) “in the midst of, in common with, by means of, in pursuit or quest of,” from PIE *me-  “in the middle” (cf. Goth. miþ , O.E. mið  “with, together with, among;” see mid). Notion of “changing places with” probably led to senses “change of place, order, or nature,” which was a principal meaning of the Gk. word when used as a prefix (but also denoting “community, participation; in common with; pursuing”). Third sense, “higher than, transcending, overarching, dealing with the most fundamental matters of,” is due to misinterpretation of metaphysics as “science of that which transcends the physical.”

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

My favorite, of course, is the third sense of transcending.

This painting as well as the others I’ve been posting will be shown in my studio sale coming up the first two weekends in June.  Check here for more details of Art at the Source Open Studios and I hope (if you’re local) to see you then!

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