I used to believe in fate and destiny, but that has changed. While working on this painting I started exploring the meaning of the word and the philosophy behind it. I arrived at this conclusion: If fate is real then you don’t have free will, whatever you decide doesn't matter, you end up in the place that was set for you any way (Why bother getting up in the morning).
People use the cliche "it was fate that brought me here". If we are free to decide on life's direction, it is not fate or destiny that determined the outcome, but the history we created that brought us to our current place in time.
So free will wouldn't exist if it was all up to fate. Bottom line is take what life gives you, learn from it, embrace it and you will be where you want to be.
Here is a little run down on the symbolism in this painting;
The hands symbolize giving and taking / hands of fate the sublime marionettes. The egg is birth/ new life. The key - a way to knowledge, the lock symbolizes unanswered questions and you need both of them for understanding. The clock? not much explanation needed there. Tomato is maturity, ripeness, growth, and harvest (and I was hungry at that moment, when I was painting the piece!).
Although fate has definite female characteristics, the hands in this painting are male personification of fate because the world is still ruled by men.
The strings are loosely tied and thin therefore accessible. Architecture behind is a coliseum like construction, bringing to mind a marionette production.
Therefore for me, the key to life has become not accepting fate as an attitude of resignation or submissive position in existence, but rather accepting life as a path marked by the choices I've made that have led me to where I am, and where I want to be.
48" x 48" plaster and oil on canvas. "Once you get there, it’s not fate or destiny it is history." I.D.
I believe in the Magic of Creation... this is my world, where ideas are born and their journeys tell the final story. The good, the bad, the happy and sad, just plain old crazy.