Some older pieces (NSFW)

Posted: November 3, 2011 in JGroeling Personal Artwork
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Today/Tonight’s post was supposed to be put up yesterday, but I had a little bit of technical trouble with my PC briefly, so it’s up today instead.

What I’ve got to show you this time is two older pieces that haven’t been posted online before. They’ve both been shown in galleries already, and have had different opinions voiced on what they are and what they’re about.

First I have the safe for work image.

“Leaving Behind the Ghosts of the Past” -2010

This piece was done over a series of weekly sessions at a friend’s bar. Basically go in, get a canvas board, some paint, and some beer. That was my Monday night treat for a while around December of 2010. This piece is the product of that time, which is why the texture is different, the colors are not blended as well, and why the painting approach is a weeee bit looser than much of my older pieces.

The concept here was not planned, but rather it happened as I continued to paint. Much of my work ends up happening that way, although I start with sketches, get the basic idea, and then add to it in the painting. No sketch here.

The character, Janus, aka “Jimmy Rabbit”, is a comic character that I created in the likeness of myself in order to have a not-quite-self-based story, but to still include a lot of references and influences of my own life, where I’ve been, what I’ve done, what I’m scared of and what I hope for. The comic series itself is currently on issue two (in progress now), but will continue into a long series I think.

Anyway, what this piece in particular is showing, is (spoiler if you like to keep your own interpretation as the only) Janus walking past old wraith-like figures. Zombies is the general idea, but I think they are more the shells of old figures and faces and less ‘undead trying to eat brains’ types. Janus is walking toward the viewer and away from these figures, a small smile is starting to appear on his face in the form of a slightly curled lip. The smile was a representation of a new freedom, a saying goodbye to the old ghosts and demons of ones past, no longer being haunted by old memories, and instead walking into the light of a new chapter in ones life.

My images may not always seem to be positive, but you’d be surprised at how many really do have positive ideals integrated into the meaning. Seems like I’m one of those people that can see light in the dark, and beauty in the disturbing, and frankly I’m not going to change that.

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Image number two, this one is probably NSFW as there is some nudity and sexual content…. I need one of those ESRB stickers here.

Another image that isn’t quite what people seem to think it is, and I find that very interesting, as I usually do. Also note, this is older than the first piece I showed, this was from mid November.

(spoiler) (scroll down for image if you’d like to see before the explanations)

What this was intended as, was a piece about self knowledge and self expression. The title is “Prayer to the Unrealized Goddess” wanna guess which one is praying and which is the goddess? haha. So, visually, we have two figures:

First, a demonic male figure, obviously a demon, very expressive and colored as to what he is, sitting atop a skull mound. His bright and patterned colors are meant to express beauty even in a darker form, (if you look closely at the wing pattern you realize that there is actually a heart shape n the wings, both as individuals, and a larger encompassing of both wings) the skulls represent death, but not the morbid end of life death that people usually associate skulls with, death as a change, and difference. and in this case change is something that this figure is accustomed to and has integrated into his life.Physically he is both holding up and pulling in the female figure, in a way he is praying, he is giving something to her, of which he is content.

The second figure, the woman, is the unrealized goddess. What you can see is two individual sets of wings emerging from her. There is the set that hangs lower, that mirrors the shape of the male demon’s wings and even embraces his, but lacks the color or patterning in any visible way. The second set is shown up and open, angelic in appearance but with darker patches, not quite pure and white, but almost as unremarkable as the first set of wings. Physically she is pulling the demon’s head toward her, clutching his horns as handle bars of sorts as she appreciates his ‘prayer’, but her head is facing up and over him, they are physically connected, but they are each in their own world in a way. Additionally her head is wreathed by a golden crown of sorts, which is barbed with a series of horns (similar to those of the demon). Lit from above she seems to be an in between of both demon and angel, she hasn’t come to terms with which world she belongs in, nor which she wants to be in. Thus the ‘Unrealized goddess’

It is essentially a piece about a relationship in which one is content with who and what they are and wants the other to be happy, where the lover is not sure what it is that makes them happy, nor what they are, or who they want to be. To me, sex can tell you a lot about a person, and I was trying to capture a message in this image of a specific moment, an intimate moment, on display in a non-vulgar way, but still something that most would not see. (cuz y’know, you can’t really find angel mixes and demons doing this kinda thing just anywhere, that’s why you come see what I’m working on, isn’t it?)

The image:

“Prayer to the Unrealized Goddess” – 2010

So that’s a flashback moment and an explanation of some older images of mine. Feel free to either have read and appreciated those, or to have completely ignored them and kept your own interpretations. If you feel like sharing, I’m always interested in what other’s interpret my work as.

Thanks.

JG out.

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