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Wikipedia describes time as:
“the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.”
We use various units in which to catalogue such time – from seconds to minutes to hours, on into days, weeks, months and years and so on.
When considering the human life span, many religions use the more poetic designation of ‘Ages’ to describe a person’s time on earth; that is, periods of allotted and sequential time that are experienced by a person and which are marked by certain characteristics. The idea of Ages has also been a popular subject for artists – from Titian to Klimt.
These collages represent the 3 Ages of Woman and draw on the analogous neo-paganist idea of the triple Goddess, that is: Maiden, Mother and Crone.
The delicate blue landscape symbolises receptivity and creative potential not yet realised; two important aspects that mark this stage in a woman’s life. The bridge symbolises the crossing from non-existence to existence; which is a journey of such magnitude that its only equal in the human experience is death. Finally, the crane symbolises the happiness of youth.
The saturated red landscape symbolises the creative power of the mother (whether it be in terms of childrearing, career or artistic pursuit). The kingfisher symbolises abundance, warmth and love; and the rotating handle (upon which the kingfisher sits) and the shower that pours down, illustrates the idea that such abundance, warmth and love radiate out from a woman during this stage of her life and nurtures those around her.
The pale yellow/green landscape may appear to be in decline, but, in truth it is ripe with the potential for new growth. The owl symbolises the wisdom that can only come with age; yet it is hidden, to symbolise that in modern society, youth and beauty is more highly prized than wisdom, which is, in my opinion, a travesty. The overall sense of decline symbolises the sorrow with which we confront aging in our youth driven culture.