Mesopotamia: Sea of Sorrows, Gilgamesh and the death of Enkidu
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Enkidu dies and Gilgamesh cannot live without him. In India, the eternal soul cycled through lifetimes and karma brought another chance to work through life's trials. But in Persia death takes on a sad finality, another duality appears, that of life and death. Gilgamesh searches for a way to see his beloved friend again and finds himself at the shore of the Sea of Sorrows, where the boat of the ferryman sits on the shore without oars and the ferryman is nowhere to be seen. The dead are on the other side and unreachable. We painted this with three blues, ultramarine, prussian and tourquoise. The figure of Gilgamesh was wiped away with a clean, wet brush. We did not know while we were painting, that earlier this day a horrific event had taken place in a first grade classroom.
Gilgamesh at the Sea of Sorrows