- In response to the silence that 'Again & Again' produced,
despite the number and depth of the questions raised. This addendum expands
upon the seeds of self-destruction that these figures also carry within
them. The painting was created to convert the words from the Old Testament
of the Christian Bible, into an image that the world might want to think
- It is the job of artists to portray what we see, in ways
that can bring people closer to the world in which we all must live.
- While the message delivered by the whole image is one
of an overwhelming power and darkness that dwarfs the blood red sun,
there are also keys here to their very real demise that is also visible
in the details.
- CONQUEST: His upper body
is armored in gold & silver but in his left armpit the symbol of chaos
is born. His right shoulder guard is feminine and in the corrosion of
the left guard rests the masculine. The stone glove that carries the flag
brings a volcano in mid-eruption. The massive armor seems impressive but
it's too heavy and too thick to allow to the figure to exercise its full
potential, in fact he cannot bend the arm that holds the bow, and his
grip upon symbolic power prevents him from using the bow for anything
but show. Inside Conquest's helmet, the Serpent continually consumes its
tail: signifying the massive failures of his intentions, that goes nicely
with the solid stone that replaced his mouth!
- On his chest are the Seven Seals of Saint John, the breaking
of the first-four of which is what 'Revelations' says; has created these
other-worldly visions. On his saddle horn sits Golem, wrapped around the
fragile-blue world that it intends to destroy. Further down, his thighs
have turned to stone, and on his shin guard the Phoenix has awakened from
his 500 years of silence: and below that his hob-nailed boots cannot contain
the secret that they tried to hide because his 'feet-of-clay' are
beginning to explode.
- WAR: His shield is decomposing
from the heat of the destruction of the Flag of All Nations. As in life,
this invalid shield is being dissolved from the bottom up. The hilt of
his weapon is made from the severed head of an Eagle. But the key to his
destruction is in the three clenched fists that forever-blaze atop his
helmet and represent the chaos that War always hurls among the nations
which leads directly to the frustration of resolution, but also to all
future failures of the exercise of the policies of unending Wars.
- FAMINE: Sometimes called
Pestilence and frequently standing for plagues of all kinds. His success
will guarantee his failure, just as soon as we allow him to end the race
of human-beings altogether.
- DEATH: This figure has always
been a major part of Life. His cloak is held by a golden sundial that
indicates the value that his presence lends to Time. A pair of Egyptian
Funeral Vultures decorate his breast-plate, and his shin guard carries
a totem image of Ancient Egypt's Four-Most-Important things.His upturned
boot reveals the hated blade that comes with violent endings.There is
however another form of Death which this inspired and this one
speaks of other truths: http://www.kirwanesque.com/deck/crossroads/ xiii.htm
- The face-plate for his horse is made directly from the
skull of his trans- parent mount, but Death's presence is constant in
all that everyone must undergo so there will always be a physical end
to everything that humans undertake, including all of Cheney's WARS!
- This literal image from the Christian Bible ends up telling
us far more than many want to see. But in the end humanity will have to
deal with 'Conquest' 'War' & 'Famine' before 'Death' will come to
take us to another realm.