Phoenix and Duquette
“It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.” (from Wikipedia)
After reading and looking at the wild interior decoration of Tony Duquette I discovered he, like me, had a fascination with the Phoenix.
The Phoenix has a range of symbolic meanings but it is the embodied elements of wind and fire which make it a symbol of the drive to be creative.
In Duquette’s work you can observe lifting forms, the suggestion of wings, radiating shapes like suns, all characteristics of the Phoenix.
The mythical Phoenix is a flying expression of colour and light. Its fire and fantastic plumage are a classic method of depicting attraction, desire and beauty, the drive of creativity.
The birds miraculous death, birth and flight represents freedom and the ability to exceed worldly boundaries. Another of the drives behind the creative urge; to go beyond…
Igniting itself to be reborn! How like the process of pure creation is that?! We burn in our desire, we feed it with the fuel of beauty , to go beyond the constraints of that desire and break-through the unique I, ego to birth something beyond ourselves but purely from our self. At least we wish and we try and we set ourselves alight again and again in the attempt.
The flight of the Phoenix, up and out like wind and fire, like the feeling of inspiration itself. Red and and gold beautiful, burning and regal the red heart on wings, lifted by the air of inspiration in the light of its own manifestation.
The Phoenix is the suns rays shinning on desire and refracting into a rainbow of a thousand feathered forms.