Title: “CUBARE”
(Meaning, “lie down” in Latin where the term concubine was derived
and pronounced, “coo-bear”)

Image Size: 31.125” W x 26.375” H
Paper Size: 31.375” W x 26.75” H (unframed)  Available
Edition: 25
Artist's Proofs: 10
Printer's Proofs: 3

A choir of candles softly illuminates the darkened room. Her golden stockings reflecting the warm glow, defining the outline of her supple legs. Her raven hairs drawn back and held in place by a jeweled ornament. And by her bed stand her oasis of wild flowers, cut and placed in random juxtaposition. And so she waits. As a concubine to the Emperor, her life is at his pleasure. But glancing at her floral shrine, she realizes that to display these flowers meant to cut and enslave them. Beauty for a fleeting moment and a death most certain. It is at that moment, she realizes that only beauty from within survives. And with that she extinguishes the candles and begins to meditate on a life better served.

Notes on Original Work of Art:
Acrylic paint on 2 ply French watercolor paper, veiled over with hand-made Japanese rice lace, infused with archival beeswax and UV resistant polymers, bordered with panels of contemporary Indian sari cloth, printed with gold paint using a 16th century wooden Tibetan prayer book cover, adorned with an early 1800’s Chinese “Zhou-Yuan Tung Bao” charm with lotus base, affixed with melted wax collected from holy temples and monasteries, accented with an antique Chinese black tassel.

Notes on Giclée:
1. All flowers are hand-embellished by the Artist with palette knife using 23 acrylic paint colors.
2. Each print has a unique 17th – 18th century Chinese pagoda or floral charm affixed at the top right of the print.
3. Each print accents the charm with a mid-1800’s tassel from an Uzbekistan tribal vestment.

Printed using archival inks on water resistant fine art canvas.

The Year of the Rooster Collection

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