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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

Under the Arches

A woman enters the arches of an ancient city on a clear night.

Story: I cross the path that separates modern from ancient in search of respite from the relentlessness of city life and communications with no off-switch. I come here in hopes that under the arches, I will feel a slowing down, as if a place where I imagine life was conducted at a slower pace might be miraculously contagious.

But as I look around, I sense that these walls once teemed with an energy every bit as powerful as the one in the skyscrapers where I live out my daily life, that they were populated by the same cast of characters, technology only an expression of what always existed, expressed in some other way, history a record played on repeat.

So I grant myself permission to let all of it go. And suddenly I notice the clearest night sky I have ever seen, full of stars and planets and possibility, and I am free to dream.

Media: Acrylic and mixed media

Surface: Box canvas

Size: 20cm x 20cm x 1.5cm [depth]; 7.87" x 7.87" x 0.59" [depth]