Ecdysis comes from the ancient Greek (ekduo), "to take off, strip off.
It is the manner in which a snake routinely casts off its skin, either at specific times of the year, or at specific points in its life cycle. Serpent mythology is strongly tied to the cycle of life, death and rebirth.
For me Ecdysis, is my way of shedding old thoughts and beginning a process of renewal, almost shamanistic in nature…definitely animist and broadly creative so as to encompass science and art as a means of speech. And silence.
Snakes do not speak. They whisper. Snake skins create vibrations that are partial whispers that speak to those who listen.
To listen is also to take off, strip off too.
A shed skin disintegrates much like an unconditional thought. Seamlessly, without a trace. Keratin and creative both disappear. The remainder, a void is distributed evenly amongst the elements; Earth and Sun, and wind.
As a herpetologist, I sample snake skins for study and observations, and marvel at their design, fragility and symbolic actuality.
On Mahashivratri today, when the world is awake and in tandav, I reveal Ecdysis, my first work of snake art with this work titled GONE - mixed media, size 5”x 7” on archival art paper. ORIGINAL for sale. Connect with me on Ophidian_nirmal@yahoo
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