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The Moth Catcher by elftantra
The Moth Catcher

Oil on Canvas, 30 cm x 40 cm (approx. 12" x 16"), 2015, Available

This work was built during the Halloween season and found much influence from sentiments surrounding the holiday.  The result was a ghoulish "monster" of sorts. In this psychologically bed headed portrait, a creature sets in a trance; his eyes devolved and vestigal, his third eye open but hardened and in the form of the third eye of the character, Madara from the Naruto Shippuden anime series.  Whereas typically the third eye opens into greater awareness, this third eye Madara used to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi, which created a completely delusional dream world.  The result is an awareness existing in corporeal introspection.  The creature's mind sprouts, on the left side, an emerging face, grinning.  To the right side of the head, red tentacles and fingers intertwine--a collaboration of invertebrate and vertebrate consciousness cooperatively handling paint brushes of the sort used to build the art work itself.  The neck and throat bristle with random thorns, as from a rose or the upper portions of a beak sprouting from its flesh.  The neck itself disassociates into layers of membranous material, terminating upon an abstracted base of convoluted forms composing its body. The nose is virtually non existant, more a sinus reiterative of the shape of the third eye.  Set against the exposed teeth peering out of the thick, meaty cheeks, a skeleton like impression results.  This impression sets behind a visceral set of lips and tongue, which is the creature's prime seat of awareness.  Sensual, organic, the tongue organ hangs, meaty, and with consciousness of a sea cucumber.  It illuminates at the tip, drawing the attraction of a nearby moth--with mystery of purpose.  
Automaton by elftantra
Oil on Canvas, 30" x 24", 2012

A narrative of an automaton in a world of geometric, technological, and rational forms. The artificial intelligence encounters an interruption in his rational model as he spies an organic budgie. The budgie, in turn, has adapted its coloring to camouflage itself in the inorganic environment.  The moon looms large but faint in the distance.

Dionysus by elftantra
Oil on Canvas, 40 cm x 30 cm (approx. 16" x 12"), 2015

An anthropomorphic entity sets within grape leaves and rose buds. It exists between the realms of terrestrial and alien, flora and fauna, fruitfulness and decay. Its "heart" appears as a dark orifice reminiscent of a bony nasal septum, but fleshed over, blushed Merlot red with tissue--appearing almost reproductive. The entity holds at its base another iteration of that same shape, but not as an orifice or void--more akin to polished, mounted stone. Symbolically this creates a dualism along the vertical line of the body. The head of this creature blends visual properties: sperm-like translucent orange seeds, dendritic pith, and citrus flesh. It summarily results in a radial mandala characteristic of various enlightenment traditions--enhanced by its own independent illumination. Its "brain" exists as the fruit of the body. Weaving through grape leaves and taking on the quality of plant tendrils, this Dionysus holds two long cylinders. The objects are distilled representations of the color palette of the painting itself, while also being reminiscent of the color striping of 80's boys' and men's white socks. As compositional tools, they contrast against the dense organic nature of the foreground and build a bridge into the background, where we notice sand and a falling beach fence flowing into the distance.

Here, Dionysus is framed by fruitfulness despite some morbidity and darkness. He sets within an ambrosia nearing the edge of fermentation--the chrysalis for wine.

Scion of a Budgie-Sattva by elftantra
Scion of a Budgie-Sattva
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 36", 2015

A young figure caught in a moment of distraction, aware only ephemerally of his unconscious being, as it engages in psychological and psychedelic layer spaces. His right arm casually cradles a moray eel; the figure is comfortable but not truly aware of the potentials for danger in such negligence. His shirt reads "Bello" in Pokemon style font, harkening back to a childhood straddling the millennial threshold. To his right side, out of the unconscious deep, shrouded alien heads propagate as a fractal totem, each new iteration a more sophisticated rendering of emotional masking over the cold mystery of the greys.

As the scion of the Budgie-Sattva, the young man, in his distraction, is also simultaneously aware of higher levels of self discovery. To his left a psychological topology sets beneath the oracle side of an 8 ball ,hovering; its message a purest concept of acceptance. The "Scion" lettering is in 80's HeMan style bold declaration.

The lower right side of the painting is like a hybrid of melon, feathers, seeds--fruitful and inheriting of the Budgie-Sattva. The crystals in the background bring light; conducted, refracted, reflected, and dispersed, to balance the dark shadow of the figure's physical body. The aura of the scion succeeds in layers to point, with a finger, and the crown chakra, toward a center of a mandala existing as nigh pure application of paint, in essence painterly abstraction, but also revealing hints of the Aura of migraine, and the bi-hemispherical nature of the brain--noting concerns of the possibility of inherited mental disease. Yet the flourish of chakra as it sets against that center is robust, active, coherent, and reveling against all fear.

Fundamentally, the piece speaks to the activation of one's potential to begin to "Know Thyself", and find greater awareness out of the enigmas of the mind--as an inculcated seed given to the rich soil of one's own birthright.



Cody Seekins
Current Residence: Maryland/Kansas/Thailand
Favourite genre of music: No particular; lately listening to lots of Indian classical, Persian, and Electric Ambient streams
Personal Quote: Wisdom is a strategy of perception.
I have gotten professional photographs made of some of my newer works and now available for print through both Threyda… and Redbubble…

There has been demand for print options outside of deviantart and so I make those available to you.  Redbubble in particular will have the widest selection of my works.  Threyda's quality of large prints is very good however, so check both out I'm sure you can find something right for you.

Thanks everyone for the continuously positive vibe and spiritual support.
  • Mood: Love
  • Drinking: Espresso in Chocolate Milk

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BenjaminBubb Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice artwork!
elftantra Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Thanks BenjaminBubb! :)  Glad you think so.
Aheng711 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday to you :D
elftantra Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Awwww!  Thank you so much. :hug:
Aheng711 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Youre welcome ;)
Oleg-Bardenkov Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) (Smile) 
elftantra Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Thanks for the kind message Oleg :)
ChipOfMoon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Artist
AMAZING! just amazing! great works :D
elftantra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Awwww thanks so much!  :)  Glad you enjoy them and hope to provide more enjoyment going forward.
lobs2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
awesome gallery man!
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