FLORAL STILL LIFE (JOCASTA AND OEDIPUS SERIES)
oil and encaustic on canvas
signed, titled and dated 2002 on the reverse
32 ins x 36 ins; 80 cms x 90 cms
In his notes on “The Seduction of Oedipus”, Scherman writes that “metaphors are always fusions of opposites.” The use of flowers as metaphors for the famously incestuous couple represents the apparent innocence of Oedipus and Jocasta positioned against the darkness which was to be their future. By pairing two flowers in different stages of flowering, Scherman might also be alluding to his uncertainty of Jocasta's ignorance; “From what Jocasta says she might well have known about it all along. In any event ‘I love you, I know what is good for you’ sounds more like a mother’s voice than a lover’s.”
Tony Scherman, “Thirteen notes on The Seduction of Oedipus”, artist’s website.
Department: Canadian Fine Art