caught in circling thought / a serpentine compulsion / repeat repeat repeat / you are not the snake / remember to let go
a piece for my intensive art class about compulsive thought patterns and recovery. the ouroboros is a symbol of enduring patterns, of destruction and rebirth. a snake circling, its tail caught in its mouth may have no end, but it also does not really live. the cycle is as painful as it is everlasting.
while a real ouroboros risks causing calamity if it ever releases its tail, we have the ability to let go and go forth without the same fear.
(this piece is entirely done in freehand embroidery)