Painting-Mythology: Root Of Clashes Picture

The painting was finalist of the SCAD 2D challenge. The painting demystifies the clash of the cultures between the east and the west. Two persons, from opposite cultural backgrounds are in a clash (chess). The clash is the result of rules created for them by their culture. They are forced into a world of subjective truth. One person (on the left in the painting) from west has heard the story of the brave hero Achilles, Jason bringing the Golden Fleece, Zeus the mighty god and all about Homers Iliad. Greeks believed you live only once, and when you die you have to cross river Styx. And thus the WARM colors on the left indicate his cultural background, he was also told to be like the great heroes, conquer the word and be victorious in every battle and shape the history. The other person (on the right in the painting) belongs to diagonally opposite culture. He was told of the stories of Gymnosophist, Bharat and Vishnu. According to his culture life is endless; if you die you take rebirth again and again. The Indians also have Vaitarani River which separate life and death but you don’t cross it once, you go to and fro endlessly. Thus (COOL colors) he is told to meditate and be calm, because conquering the world is of no use, you must search for a way to leave this cycle of life and death. This brings us to a root question: who is going to win, which is the better way east or the west? And this is very DANGEROUS question, as it leads to conflicts and fundamental of violence. This question is answered in the painting…… Both of these cultures are human constructions and not a natural phenomenon. So next time when you are in clash (Chess symbolic for battle/clash and in it the path to victory is created by player himself) with someone, understand that you live in a subjective truth and so does he. Once this is understood there will be no clashes and something extraordinary will happen …. Within infinite myths you will discover the ETERNAL TRUTH. (Yin yang)
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Thalia Grace
Painting-Mythology: Root Of Clashes
Zeus, God of the gods
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