DETAILS ON SELF-PORTRAIT WITH PSYCHOPOMP 2008.10 Dimensions: Approx 75 cm x 75 cm x 10 cm. The word "psychopomp" refers to a mythical figure (Greek mythology) who escorts the souls of the living to the other world. In this case, the "psychopomp" is the insect-like "creature" located to the lower left of the artist's childhood photo (made of natural seed-pods, paint, gold leaf, feathers and small plastic parts). Other items include a "celestial object" at upper left (polymer clay), above two Japanese gourds (hyoutan), which have been gilded with gold and silver leaf. To the right of the portrait is a "Tree of Heaven" made of some natural twigs, polymer clay leaves and glass spheres; above the portrait is a coil of electroluminescent wire (which is also hidden within the portrait frame); below the portrait are three "orthoceri" fossils. The work is set in a deep wooden frame with a piece of natural tree bark at the bottom of the frame with a painted backing (acrylic) to which natural leaves have been attached.
Close up of photo of artist as a young child.
Close up of "Psychopomp."
Close up "Heavenly Tree."
Close up of Japanese Gourds (hyoutan)
Close up "Celestial Object."
Close up Orthoceri Fossils.