The Contemplation of Saturn

Near the end of 2014 I completed these two paintings. 

I think of them as sister paintings. The Contemplation of Saturn and The Contemplation of Saturn II speak of Saturn, ancient Roman God of time (amongst other things). The steady gaze of a young woman meets the viewer, her outstretched palm holding a collection of human teeth- the calcified structures that remain of us once we are gone. In contrast to the permanence of teeth, the plume of vapour that wafts upwards is fleeting. 

 
 
The Contemplation of Saturn, 2014, oil on canvas, 910x605mm

The Contemplation of Saturn, 2014, oil on canvas, 910x605mm

 

 

 

 

 

 
The Contemplation of Saturn II, oil on canvas, 91x60.5cm, 2014

The Contemplation of Saturn II, oil on canvas, 91x60.5cm, 2014