Cupid and Psyche - William-Adolphe Bouguereau.Animation by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro.

Έρως και Ψυχή - Γουίλιαμ-Αντόλφ Μπουγκερώ.Κινούμενο σχέδιο από τον Ρίνο Στέφανο Ταλιαφιέρο.

Relationship represents the greatest challenge for the individual, for it is only in relationship to others that unresolved problems still existing within the individual psyche are affected and activated. Many individuals withdraw from interactions with others, so they can maintain the illusion that the problems arise from the other person because one feels disturbance only in his or her presence, and not when by oneself. The friction that arises out of relating with others can be a sharp instrument of purification and self recognition if one is inclined to use it.
—  Eva Pierrakos

Art exchange with @september-xyzx! The theme was Psychopomps and man was I stumped. I wanted to do something from extant mythology, but I was loath for ideas. 

In the end I sort of combine a couple of ideas and went with this prehistoric “great mother” design as a bug catcher (inspired by Psyche being the word for both soul and butterfly in ancient Greek language and the name of a rather interesting Goddess), with a net that resembles the scythe of the reaper we’re used to in the West. I wanted her to look feminine, but not sexual and have vibrant warm colors. She has lots of eyes so she can find her charges, and they are dark colored to show her link with death. The charm at the end of the cord attached to the cage has the symbol of a butterfly as an axe head.

The anachronism of the bug net and metal cage with the prehistoric influence is a bit jarring, but I still like her. I think a mysterious air is the best!


Make sure to check out september-xyzx’s though! 

I love it because SPIDERS.