The Statues of Easter Island, on Batik
A Crab Giving Flowers to a Mole
The Night-Blind She-Camel
Some explanation may perhaps be in order. In Arabic, the night-blind she-camel represents death, as it can come at any moment. In this tableaux the camel is about to trample the western version of death, the Grim Reaper.
Egyptian Sun Worship
Please click on the link and zoom in to see the grotesque figure in the central golden orb. I chanced upon him in a church of all places and immediately grew attached to him. He fitted nicely into this composition sketched from the recent exhibition at the British Museum about the ancient Egyptians. This did not include the white figure on the right, who is my own invention.
Man With Octopus on Head
Temptation Triptych in a Taxi
These three images once hung in an antique Syrian window, designed to mirror the ‘Paradise’, ‘Earth’ and ‘Hell’ of the medieval triptych. However in this version, ‘Paradise’ has been changed into ‘Temptation’ (a topless lady turning round to hand back the change in a shared Syrian taxi/sirvees) and ‘Earth’ into ‘Confusion.’ Hell stays the same.
Isn’t it funny that in winter we put on our clothes and the trees take theirs off?
Simurgh Over London
The Simurgh is a mythical Persian bird. Once a group of forty birds set off to find the Simurgh, for the Simurgh is said to possess the gift of universal knowledge. As the birds continued their quest, they slowly came to realise the irony- or was it irony?- that they themselves were si murgh (Persian for “forty birds”). Thus the Simurgh is a myth within a myth. The moral of the story is “know yourself”. If you truly know yourself, you can glimpse the infinite. Also, the Gherkin looks like a bird egg.