Breath of Satan

 

This drawing shows Benjamin Franklin on a vision quest, sitting on a hilltop, surrounded by herbs, orchids, bats, and his spirit animal the wild turkey. What he has come to realize, though, is that world is not of divine origin but that the devil himself created the world, accounting for the suffering, chaos, and death that exists that seem counter to a God-created world. BF also contemplates that the crumbling world, its inevitable destruction might be a means for the devil to erase his sin and get into the good graces of God. The composition is modeled after Goya’s “Sleep Of Reason”. “Wind”, “Smoke” and “Infinite Emptiness” are the offerings as to what might be the breath of Satan.

 

E.A.B. 10/16/07