Artist and Sculptor
Daily Drawing

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

Diptych Mixed Media on Board
19.5 x 48 inches and 19.5 x 10 inches

This mixed media acrylic on board painting by Michael Hermesh depicts row of male entities standing with their legs wide apart. There is no indication of why they are standing in this pose but there is a separation between them and the next panel. In that separation we see a cherub floating towards them. The second panel has a lone entity standing in the same position as the others with two barely seen snakes coiled at his feet. The narrative of this work is obscure and unclear yet it seems to remind us vaguely of a story from our childhood.

Snakes exist – as do Angels; at least in a metaphorical sense. They are the characters of our own personal mythology. This mythology is part of a game where we either take responsibility for the rules or hand the rules over to a committee. Taking responsibility is a big part of being alive.

There is a faith that I subscribe to – “The universe is ultimately beautiful and meaningful”. Without this assumption I could not produce art. The basis for this belief is my understanding that a scientific theory, if true, is beautiful. This extrapolates to the idea that a meaningless universe would be ugly and inconsistent.

Michael Hermesh

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
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