Janet Hulings Bleicken
Parable: The explicit drawing of a parallel between two essentially dissimilar things, especially with a moral or didactic purpose.
Allegory: The representation of spiritual, moral or abstract meanings through the actions of characters that serve as symbols.
When I run into a cultural paradigm that appears illogical to me, I go off on a tangent that sometimes last for years. I rely on the tools of the parable and allegory and out of these tangles come groups of paintings with titles such as:
"Man and Nature" (an attempt to understand why we are at war)
Shown @ Boston University, 1983
"Monadnock Burning" (an attempt to understand why the farmers set the mountain on fire twice in the 19th Century)
Shown @ Currier Museum 1988
"Why Do Girls Want To Get Married" (an attempt to understand why our daughter wanted to marry her first husband)
"Gods and Goblins" (an attempt to understand why one man's God is, etcetera)
"A Guest in the Garden" (who would you like to invite to visit your garden?)
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