Dreaming in Red and “The Loss of Truth”
I listened to a podcast today by one of my mentors, Michael Meade.
In The Loss of Truth, he refers to the Greek word for truth alethia, which translates as “not to forget”. Meade searches for truth and meaning in the old myths “where a person could find themselves caught between Lethe, the River of Forgetfulness or Oblivion, and Mnemosyne, the River of Great Memory and imagination”. He goes on to talk about the loss of practices of ritualized initiation in our culture and that through initiation we sometimes are able to re-connect or re-member what our soul’s work is intended for. In our modern culture an initiation can sometimes be ignited by a great loss or a traumatic experience in our lives, taking us deep within ourselves where the sum of our experiences might transform us as if there had been a mythic alchemical process, stirring the soul, aiming us towards our lives in a new and profound way.
Along with both specific and mythic life challenges, this soul work through initiation and transformation was at the root of these paintings; Dreaming in Red.
Each of these paintings are 12″x16″ acrylic paint over charcoal on board.
I have decided to make a limited edition of 25 beautiful pigment prints on archival rag paper. If you are interested you can find them here at https://www.etsy.com/shop/debragoldmanprints?ref=seller-platform-mcnav.