Through the Smokehole

In a recent post, I mentioned a painting whose memory has never vanished from my mind since I first saw it in a book.

The painting is by the late artist Phil Janzé and bears the title »Through the Smokehole«. It can be seen at the Weltmuseum in Vienna.

On a tangible level, this work refers to an old tale of the native peoples of the American North-West: »Raven Steals The Sun, Stars And Moon«. It’s a tale about how mythical Raven brought light into the world.

But you can understand the picture on a metaphorical level, too. Raven, sqeezing through the smokehole and heading for the skies, may symbolise abstract ideas like breakthrough, leaping forward, widening one’s horizon, overcoming adversities, reaching out for new opportunities.

I first discovered Phil Janzé’s painting (or rather: screen printing) when I had left quite an unpleasant episode behind. Now I rediscovered it when I have just pushed the black year 2018 from my memory and things are turning bright again.

I decided to become a »cultural sponsor« (Kulturpate) for this picture. I see it as a good omen and as my lucky charm and dedicate it to all around me who had tough times recently, too.

Top left: Screen printing »Through the Smokehole« by Phil Janzé (courtesy of @KHM-Museumsverband and Weltmuseum Wien)

Published on 11 March 2019

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Cultural sponsor for the screen Printing “Through the Smokehole” by Phil Janzé