Five glasses of wine are left on a table, the remnants
of a party. The five of them create an inverted
pentagram. In the centre of that pentagram lies a half
eaten and already darkened apple.
Some of the glasses are stained with lipstick and most
have been drunk from.
We look at the scene through the front glass, which
has fallen and spilled its content over the table.
The five glasses represent the remnants of a previous
night; they are witnesses of happiness that has ended,
the mess after the party.
The apple can be anything from an ordinary piece of
garbage to a symbolic piece of fruit. Is it the apple
that Eve ate from and that sealed the fate of mankind?
Or perhaps the apple Paris gave to the goddess of
love, the symbol of the inevitable destruction of his
hometown? It could even be the apple that poisoned
The glasses represent the end of something good. If
you look at this scene only through the fallen glass,
only at the mess, you see the inverted pentagram; the
lost beauty, the sadness. In stead you should try to
see in this still life all the happy memories it
represents. If the perspective is shifted and you look
at the scene through the full glass, the pentagram is
the right side up.
Even an apple in the midst of a pentagram can just be
an ordinary piece of fruit. If you just look at its
symbolic value, you never see it for what it is.
Everything is what it is, and bad omens originate in
our own fears.
The image was first sketched in ordinary pencil than
colored with water-soluble colored pencils. When
touched by water the pencil transforms into aquarelle
paint and this makes the colors more vibrant. After
the colors had dried the lines were accentuated with
Bauke van den Oord is a self taught artist and a
senior veterinary student from the Netherlands. She is
currently working on the Temperlyne tarot, which
consists of vibrant and unique oil paintings. By
creating tarot cards the artist journeys deep within
herself to meet her personal versions of the tarots
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