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Thoughts: Chess, a game. Movement of pieces. Black and white, good and bad. Two Knights.
The white picket fence is an old American dream from the 50s: to own, to have, home sweet home with a white picket fence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Definitions are supplied to demystify symbolism (and the artwork in this studio).
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Green...
Green is the color of money, greed, envy, nature and hope. This all seems like a contradiction until you peel that onion all the way down to the bottom. Green IS the color of nature, but think of nature as the physical, real world not the manmade construct we live in (the one that sits on top nature). Yes we want justice, honesty and equality for all, but those are concepts created by man. Admirable constructs that we STRIVE to bring into reality. The REAL world just IS: it's not bad or good but both. The jungle is a concept that includes: new growth, youth, green leaves, apples, snakes, greed, envy, death, living and even the fact that money buys more than we would like to believe (money is the lion king in our modern day jungle, eh?). Green IS: the unthinking, instinctual nature. Green is "GO!" That is the color green.

The GREEN MAN. He's green and he's nature so an abbreviated discussion belongs here :) The Green man is a pagan vegetation god who died and was reborn to fertilize the earth (also known as the Priest King). The Green man is a mythological motif found throughout all of the world mythologies (under many different names). During ancient times such a king would rule for a year and then, come winter, be offered up as a sacrifice for the people. The sacrifice is not the end of this. The reason for the sacrifice is the hoped for miracle: the rebirth of spring at the end of a long hard winter. This brings into play the hope aspect of green: the miracle of new growth.

American slang use (cultural layer of interpretation): to give the green light (a sign to go forward with a project), to have a green thumb (the ability to grow things) and to BE green (as in young or immature).
Posted: June 21, 2004.

 

Shortcut links to the (expert) quotes below:
Vollman: The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Dream Symbols
Jung: Man and His Symbols
Biedermann: Dictionary of Symbolism

 

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Dream Symbols, p. 221
Color of nature. Something is growing out of a state of immaturity.
Posted: June 21, 2004.

Man and His Symbols, p. 340
...green, the color of vegetation and nature, and in folklore a symbol of hope) hints at possibilities of growth and a chance of differentiation.
Posted: June 21, 2004.

Dictionary of Symbolism, p. 158-159
Like most colors, symbolically ambiguous; it can range from the positively valued "rich moss green" to "nauseous green." In many cultures it is popularly felt to symbolize hope, and dreams featuring the color are viewed positively, both in China and elsewhere. "Where green crops up, it is simply nature, and, naturally, growth...the experience of spring. If, say, the devil appears as 'the green one,' he has kept on the garment of an ancient god of vegetation" [Aeppli]. But there is also a negative aspect: "If in the dream there are excessive amounts of green, then negative forces of nature have taken over" [ibid.]. Christian symbolism finds green "equidistant from the blue of heaven and the red of hell...an intermediate and mediating color, soothing, refreshing, human, a color of contemplation, of the expectation of resurrection" [Heinz-Mohr]. Christ's cross, as a symbol of the hope of salvation, was often portrayed as green, the GRAIL EMERALD green, God's THRONE at the Last Judgment as made of green jasper (compare Revelation 4:3). The color was especially prized in the books of St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), who writes again and again of viriditas ("greenness," vitality) and, for example, esteems the emerald because of its color: the stone "originates in the early morn, with the sunrise. This is when the green of the earth and the grass is freshest, for the air is still cold, but the sun already warm, and plants suck in the green as eagerly as the baby lamb its milk. The heat of the day is barely enough to cook and feed this green... The emerald is a powerful remedy against all human frailties and diseases because the sun engenders it and its substance comes from the green of the air." "The Emerald Isle" is Ireland, and green the color symbolizing the struggle for Irish independence from Great Britain. "Green" can refer to immaturity, not only of fruit but also, idiomatically, of persons (e.g., "greenhorn"); if I "give you the green light," I tell you that you are free to proceed; the Green political movement stresses ecological concerns and resists the dominance of unexamined technology. Especially in English, the color is associated with negative emotions: we become "the green-eyed monster" [Othello, III, iii]. In Islam, however, green is the color of the Prophet.

In traditional Chinese color symbolism, green and WHITE are paired in a DUALITY corresponding to the polar antithesis RED and white in the symbolism of occidental ALCHEMY. The green DRAGON of Chinese alchemy is associated with the yin principle, MERCURY, and WATER; the white TIGER, with yang, LEAD, and FIRE. In Occidental alchemy, the green dragon or LION symbolizes a corrosive solvent, like aqua regia, and its symbol is the inverted or "female" TRIANGLE combined with an "R." Variations in pictorial symbolism are such, however, that in some sources the green dragon is made to symbolize mercury, just as it does in China.
Expanded: June 21, 2004.

Want to know more? Go out and pick up a copy of the book(s) quoted and expand your mind :) These are MY teachers, the people who teach me about symbolism :) I hope the supplied definitions help you understand the art found on this site.

 
...the values will be a result of the conditions that govern life.....(Joseph Campbell.) ...in the forest and planting cultures there is a sense of death as not death somehow, that death is required for new life. And the individual isn't quite an individual, he is a branch of a plant. --Joseph Campbell.

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