‘Síol 1’ by E. E. Kono
Artist: E. E. Kono
Title: ‘Síol 1’
Medium: Silverpoint drawing on paper with deckled edge
Dimensions: 30″ x 22.5″
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
Síol is the irish word for Seed. The Mer-infant and apotropaic flower draw inpsiration from mythological and folkloric symbolism.
The pinecone is a historic symbol of human enlightenment, resurrection, eternal life, and regeneration. Pinecones also refer to the pineal gland, considered by many cultures to be the biological Third Eye: the “Seat of the Soul”. The “evil eye” is common across cultures and are said to ward off evil. The bee represents Artemis, the goddess of nature. The Mer-infant which grew from the sea or perhaps returned to it, points towards a necessary reawakening of the western mind and a reconnection to the natural world.
The drawings are rendered in silverpoint, an ancient technique that was chosen to acknowledge the key role precious metals have played in the establishment of trade routes in the creation of our modern world.
About the Artist:
E. E. Kono lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. As a child, she spent her summers in a diverse international community and the rest of the year in small-town middle America. While she is a self-taught painter, she studied art history at the University of Hull (England) and The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). She has studied traditional egg tempera techniques under the guidance of artist Koo Schadler. Although Kono is focusing on fine art, she is also an award-winning author and illustrator. Kono’s work is collected internationally and is in the collection of the Mazza Museum (Findley, OH). Her work has also been exhibited in notable venues, including La Luz de Jesus (Los Angeles, CA), Modern Eden (San Francisco, CA), and Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, California).