Cactus Gallery LA
A SUBTLE ALCHEMY by artist Catherine Moore
Oil on cradled wood panel, 6” x 12”
The symbolism of the peacock is prevalent across religions, cultures, and mythology. Themes of renewal, integrity, and rejuvenation are common as many schools of thought compare the modern peacock to the resurrecting Phoenix. In “A Subtle Alchemy” I incorporated the skull of the peacock and tail feather with the “holy basil” plant (or “tulsi”). Tulsi is a sacred plant for Hindus. It is believed that water mixed with the petals given to the dying raises their departing souls to heaven.