100 Hours, 2014, egg tempera on panel, 18” x 45”
Calling in the Gleaners (1859) by Jules Breton (1827-1906, French)
The world into which we are born is brutal and cruel, and at the same time of divine beauty. Which element we think outweighs the other, whether meaninglessness or meaning, is a matter of temperament. If meaninglessness were absolutely preponderant, the meaningfulness of life would vanish to an increasing degree with each step in our development. But that is, or seems to me, not the case. Probably, as in all metaphysical questions, both are true: life is, or has, meaning and meaninglessness. I cherish the anxious hope that meaning will be preponderate and win the battle.
—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
Colleen Barry, Female Nude with Skeleton, 2009.