Sarah Leea Petkus: Mentem Mortalia

Drawing inspiration from a deep connection with, and reverence for the wilderness, my work aims to touch a more primal element in the human psyche. Both ethereal and raw, I attempt to portray the animals in my drawings, not as generic archetypes of their species, but as individuals. Though deeply symbolic in appearance, I do not prescribe such symbols into my work, but rather allow these images to come to me as visions only to later try to decipher their meaning once complete.

Rarely do I ever come to a conclusive translation.

Much like the silent dialogue that occurs between body and nature when we step into the wild, art is also a language beyond words.
The concept of the „Mysterium tremendum et fascinans”, the terrible yet fascinating mystery, the sublime, the paralyzing feeling of awe, is something I hunt for in life and in my work. The inextricable relationship between life and death, beauty and fear, are common themes in my work.

Mentem Mortalia Tangent
Our Triumph is Our Catastrophe
Sunt Lacrimae Rerum
Harbinger II

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