Sub Rosa (Shadows on the Mountainside)

Sub Rosa (New Latin for "under the rose") denotes secrecy or confidentiality. In Hellenistic and later Roman mythology, roses were associated with secrecy because Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates (the Hellenistic god of silence) so that he would not reveal the secrets of Venus. Banquet rooms were decorated with rose carvings, as a reminder that discussions in the rooms should be kept in confidence. This was inherited in later Christian symbolism, where roses were carved on confessionals to signify that the conversations would remain secret.

This work is created from the original drawings and paintings exhibited in the 'Sub Rosa Series', and 'The Edges of Twilight' series inspired by a collaboration with Canadian rock trio, The Tea Party.


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