Ingrid gave me this glorious work of art yesterday. Let me share a little of what this means to me. Ingrid is my wife of 16 years. In that time we have experienced many things, children, challenges, joys, all of them wrapped in love. We have always shared our creative spirits with each other. When she began working on this piece, “The Oracle,” she asked me what I thought. “You must keep it, it is magnificent.” I replied. Instead of keeping it, she gave it to me. But it is much more than a great work of art, it is a connection to us, our family, our inspirations, even our mentors.
A brief history of the artwork
The central figure is from a painting by our dearest friend and art mentor, Eva Cellini. Now in her late eighties, Eva has been an inspiration to both Ingrid and me; Ingrid for her art and me for my writing. Beneath the woman are the components of many dismantled computers. My son and I got the joy of pulling them apart. Ingrid knows my love of all things technological and sci-fi. The butterflies were opened and chosen by my daughter; take a close look, one is impossibly beautiful, transparent.
The oracle doesn’t have a right eye, in its place is a laser emitter. It cuts through the fog of time and reveals the truth. Her gown is made up of music, the sounds of beauty and art. And she is floating above all that technology. She is not denying technology, her eye is made of it after all. No, she accepts it, uses it where appropriate, but is not overwhelmed or in love with it, and it is part of her. She weaves music, art, technology, nature and time into her prophesies.
It is a wonderful piece, personal and beautiful. I am grateful to a beneficent universe that would put me together with my amazing wife. Thank you.