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Balance of the Archetypes
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Balance of the Archetypes
Year: 2015
Medium: ink on paper
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine (1991) by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette

The composition of this work was based on the Mandala and the Yin Yang.

The center of the composition is a blank circle, a place for the eye and the mind to rest balancing between the archetypes

King
Main Archetype: Zeus (From Jan Van Eyck Ghent Altarpiece) holding alchemy symbol of Earth
Inner ring: Eagle, Third Eye, Lightening, Lion
Men:George Washington, Martin Luther King Jr.,
Gandhi, Abe Lincoln
Outer ring: Augustus, king chess piece, Ben Franklin Darius II depicts Darius II as archer, steady under pressure with good aim, Alexander the Great
Outside: The White House (Sargon of Akkad, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Cyrus II of Persia in trees and bushes), the United Nations (with Chrysler building behind), the Pantheon

Warrior
Main Archetype: Mars (Mars by Guillaume Cousteau) holding alchemy symbol of Fire
Inner Ring- Marching Soldiers
Men:Muhammad Ali, Ulysses S. Grant, Noam Chomsky, Chris Kyle
Outer Ring:1968 Olympic Protest: Peter Norman (left),Tommie Smith (center),John Carlos (right)
Outside: Rome Colosseum, Wham 1963 painting by Roy Lichtenstein, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Julius Caesar, Howard Zen, Sun Tzu in bushes), The Pentagon

Magician
Main Archetype: Mercury (from Flying Hermes by Giovanni da Bologna) hold alchemy symbol of Wind
Inner ring: Movie Camera, Enigma machine, Tesla/Westinghouse AC electrical motor, ceci n’est pas une pipe (translation: This is not a pipe) from The Treachery of Images (1928-29) by Rene Magritte, Fountain (1917) by R. Mutt (aka Marcel Duchamp), a mustache.
Men: Thomas Edison, Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Steven Colbert, Ai Wei Wei, Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy
Outer ring: light bulb, nuclear plant, Tesla Tower or Wardenclyffe Tower, Wei Wei’s middle finger, Wei Wei painted ancient Chinese vases, Marcel Duchamp Female Fig Leaf 1950
Outside: Stonehedge, Moai or Easter Island Statues, Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Java Valley Cave in Indonesia, Catacombs in Paris

Lover
Main Archetype: Cupid (from The Ecstasy of St. Teresa by Bernini) holding alchemy symbol for Water
Inner ring: guitar, The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel (1863)
Men:Paul Newman, John Lennon, Giacomo Casanova, Lord Byron, George Clooney
Outer ring: Water and Shells
Outside: Niagara Falls, light house, waterfalls and Claude Monet Water Lilies Garden

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