The Ouroboros, or the snake eating it’s own tail, symbolises the cycle of life and death. A unity and wholeness in the joining of opposites. That existence is a process. That nothing in the universe is stagnant. Even in death the physical material breaks down and has a life, purpose or existence as something else. The symbol appears in many different cultures and magickal traditions.
This drawing came out of a series at the time called Australian Gothic. In the context of working with graphite on black paper, I was drawing my way through the Australian wildlife, of creatures nocturnal or typically feared and vilified. Why are we afraid of the dark when it’s the sun that burns?
The Ouroboros *1 is one of the drawings that segue into my research of occult and witchcraft philosophies…