DHO HNA WEB II : PASSAGE by jean pronovost
In this second painting in the series, we arrive at a large doorway deep inside an unknown ancient temple. There are two old priest mummies standing guard on either side of this mystical passage. The frame around this doorway has some scripture on it, and the walls have deity faces.
This place and these priestly mummies have a level of energy that renders them feeling alive – they could speak to us. Does this passage lead to the land of the dead or the land of the living? It’s an enigma that can only be solved by going through it. The left one is dressed like a modern Catholic cardinal, complete with hat and robe, and he has his hands folded together and pointing downward. The mummy on the right is Egyptian, he wears a long shroud, and his arms are crossed on his chest and pointing upwards. These two mummies come from different faiths that have contrary views on death and life, and this is symbolically understood in their arm placement. In the center of the piece, there is a radiant egg with a primitive, human-like form inside of it, and it looks almost ready to be born. The egg is the symbol of rebirth.
At this point we can see the line of composition is a straight line, there is a balance between the priests and the egg. Under this egg are three owls, two are dead, and one is alive. Here we are again confronted with symbols of life and death, brought together in a surreal exchange to show us the connections between them.