This painting was submitted for a group art exhibition at The Tate gallery titled “Zero A.D.”
A blazing funereal procession expelled from the ruins of a distant city aflame, of flesh and carnality, of death and destruction, of mysterious and mystic, trails behind a figure on hands and knees. Compelled to traverse the desolate landscape with the infernal march in tow, the harbinger gazes upward, towards the unseen.
“Valley of slaughter” – J Morbus (Leather paint/artist’s blood and skin on goat hide)
Initially inspired by thoughts conjured from reading Dante’s Inferno, coupled with images of weeping women that often decorate many tombs and graves, this vision of bleakness took its own melancholic form.
The Woman of woe is struck in a mournful pose, her limbs and body mutate into a withering tree. Her misery bound in an almost perpetual state of grief.
Two ravens sit upon her back, silently observing her anguish from above.
This artwork was one of my first paintings done on leather.
Other works completed on leather can be found on the Leather art page.
“Woman of woe across desolate plains under an eclipse of darkness” – J Morbus (Paint on leather)