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The Way

THE WAY: Oil on canvas board 125 x 52 cm.

The way I follow and the seeking is like a pregnancy. My modern life is contained by an ancient pattern of growth and becoming.

Nine women are following one after the other. It is the nine stages of the Way, simulating a pregnancy. They are on their way towards the burning water, the integration of the opposites and the point of transformation. The group of women on the left side is divided by a small man with a sword, a trickster figure; this becomes then Thoth, the baboon god of wisdom: the animus changes from negative to positive. In the background is an extract from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The old Egyptians believed that the soul was weighed at the time of death. The price one pays, the sacrifice, must have the right weight: one cannot pay for the sins of others.