Vixen (Inari)


⊛  Vixen (Inari)  
⊛  cut and torn paper on wood  
⊛  11.5 x 6.75 in • 290 x 172 mm  
⊛  private collection  

Blinded by cleverness into seeing only cleverness, undone by our own cunning.

The fox makes a great symbol, from Aesop on up 'til now.

No other two-legger or four-legger embodies that same complicated and conflicted mix of clever, cunning, hunger, pride, independence and nobility.

They serve beautifully as both hero and villain, sage and fool, in just about every culture. Look at Inari, Japanese god...or goddess of...well, just about everything. Plus, they just look awesome.

Like Words of Carrion Comfort, Vixen is a little bit of an experiment with shape and texture. Where I used mostly color combinations to try to bring out a softness in Carrion, here I combined that with a little bit of torn paper and some translucency.

Vixen (Inari) is also part of The Way of Flow running from December 4, 2009 - January 2, 2010 at C.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice, CA.