H:120 cm W: 120 cm (9 x 40 cm x 40 cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
To give birth to a drum, a personal workingtool the shaman uses to do the work spirits have appointed on him to do is a long hard and thorny journey. The drum cannot be stolen and it cannot be bought, it has to be earned by the shaman and blood has to be shed.
Living in solitude like a hermit is part of the process. It's a very personal journey, where many private battles are fought, without the shaman having a clue where these battles are leading him.
All the lessons the shaman learnes along the way through these battles have to be transformed into valuable tools and cought within the drums frame, for the shaman to gain control and power over his drum. But to gain skin for the drum, a deer has to be caught and slaughterd with the shamans bare hands. The thing to emphazize is, the shaman doesn't have a choice, he will eventually turn mad, being constantly haunted by the spirits if he doesn't do the work he is born to do.
This fariy tale is about the process of giving birth to a drum.
There are 7 owls in the painting, the owls symbolize wisdom in traditional pragmatic sense, but there is one very special owl, placed center stage in the painting on top of the shamans head. The special owl has the golden aura of Ra. Without the warmth, wisdom and protection of this extraordenary owl the shaman would never have been able to give birth to the drum. And the shaman's drum bears a visible index of the owl's power - the right eye of Ra is incorporated in the drum.
In ancient Egyptian mythology the function of the eye of Ra is a feminine counterpart to the sun god Ra.
The lines of the right eye of Ra, traditionally signifies the 6 senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste - and knowledge (the 6'th sense). Traditionally in Greek Aristotelian philosophy, the senses are described as 5.
Therefor the 6'th sense in the eye of Ra from the drum "knowledge"
is symbolized in the form it takes
through expression, illustrated by the
two snakes coming out of the shamans mouth.
They snakes are twins, in the way that they work
together - as above so below.
Snakes are mythical creatures known for their
transformation & healing power.
They shed their own skin and have been regarded
as guardians of the Underworld or messengers
between the Upper and Lower worlds because they
lived in cracks and holes in the ground.
Snakes have been connected to creation myths and medicine because of their fertility associations and healing powers.
For a shaman to hold a snake is a delicate art, it can bite you with poison if you hold it to tightly, while if it's held too loose it can easily slither away from you. Thus the healing and transformative power of the snake is not to be used for personal reasons but too heal and serve the people.
The knowledge sense is located in the third eye - controlled by the cerebellum. We use this part of the brain also when we preform clean movements - action without thinking with the analytical mind. like for example when walking on a line high above the ground without a savety net - No one can't walk on line if they are afraid.
There are also 12 red roses in the bottom of the painting. The powerful solarenergy of the owl of Ra enables everything around the shaman to grow and flurish. And the drum, infused with the eye of Ra creates running water to nourish the roses in the soil.