Another mural in Heraklion is completed, and this time we wish to post the story behind it directly from the Artist.
All images and text below are shared with permission by the artist Elizabeth Bauer (https://www.instagram.com/elliembauer) If you wish to repost, please ask for her permission firsts.
This October I spent three weeks in Heraklion, Crete, at the art residency of @mathewhalpin. I had the best time exploring the local culture and art scene, and got to be in this wonderful artistic space that Mathew has created. I could learn and reflect my studies into this mural, which, as Mathew put it, is like a “gift to the local community”, and that was exactly what I was aiming for. The opportunity to work with Mathew has been one of a kind. His expertise and artistic insight taught me a lot and I greatly appreciate it! ✨
The mural itself is a composition of symbols and colors inspired by Cretan folk art throughout history to the last detail, especially textile art – embroidery, knitting and carpet designs. The more I found out about Cretan culture, the more I felt their strong sense of identity and individuality. Inspite of the fact that there were so many outside influences, the Cretans courage to fight for preserving it has remained strong. I am definitely coming back to this beautiful island to take more time to explore it and it’s history. 💙
The double-headed eagle is a symbol from Byzantine times and the duality of the church – stretching East and West, as well as a symbol of freedom from Ottoman occupation, now a symbol of the Orthodox church. The two-tailed mermaid is from Venetian influence, and it’s often also explained as being a passage between the physical and spiritual. Carnations are traditionally a symbol commonly found in Ottoman art, and in Greek Mythology they’re known as the flowers of Gods. The colors I picked are inspired by Minoan frescoes, the Deep Red, Brilliant Blue, and Red Earth all form a link to the most ancient history of the island.
You can find the mural in Heraklion, the capital of Crete, DM me for the location if you’re interested in seeing it. 🌹☀️
Dear Elizabeth, we are thankful!
Wishing you health and happiness and to see you again soon!
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