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Bull Leapers

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"BULL LEAPERS" 34"x30" by Nina Benedetto © 2010

Sometimes an idea comes to me from a conversation or something I've read or an image I remember. The idea for this painting began in a dream where I was on the way to a county fair, (uncharacteristically) wearing a silky, electric red blouse which made me feel very attractive!  It turns out - of all things - that it was a "Body, Mind, and Spirit Fair" and the ticket seller was at the gate with a free-roaming pet bull! The chase was on and I tried to protect myself using my sketchpad as a shield, all the while lamenting the "red flag" shirt I wore!

The name "Bull Leapers" refers to the outlined figures of a historical Minoan game (from a wall painting within the palace complex of Knossos, on the island of Crete) where both male and female athletes participated. Because this was a goddess-worshipping culture, I wondered why the bull's skull and horns were so prominently displayed in the temple. I learned that many of the ancient artifacts embody both genders in one figure.  In this case, apparently the skull and horns of the bull also mirror the uterus and fallopian tubes. For me, the union of male and female is a metaphor for ultimate health and wholeness.




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