Seeking Kali and then finding her was a little daunting. I thought I knew her but then, do we ever really know anyone? ;-)
Kali, as one aspect of the Triple Goddess or Hindu Tridevi, is a paradoxical figure. Popularly, Kali is seen as an all devouring, tongue lolling harridan. But she is also a life-giver. So in my collage, I tried to show this aspect of her. The text, as part of my collage, reads:
"Who is Kali? Kali is often portrayed as a devouring goddess of death, but she is also the symbol of eternal time: she does not just destroy life, she also gives it."
I thought a lot about this. I really wanted to show her in a synoptic light: as a comprehenisve whole. The cross-section of the nautilus illustrates the ever spiralling inhale and exhale of life and death: reincarnation, recycling, rebirth. The egg, a promise of life and life's potential is shadowed by death...always. As my husband is fond of quoting, "...birth is the longest death of all".
I have also detoured away from the traditional 4 armed representation of Kali...I wanted 6 to represent her as one aspect of 3...let's not forget she is part of a whole. Those arms support life, point to the eternal and embrace death.
What more could you ask for?
Once again, you can seek her out here at Bill Evertson's absolutely superb online exhibition. Pop on over and celebrate paradox, amazing artwork, beautiful music (his son's, in fact), incredible, moving and powerful poetry; and Bill's videos.