Forewarned / Forearmed #63 — Cayenne Linke
Inspiration / About the Art: I asked that a number randomly be assigned to me, as I enjoy the challenge of having to create “around” a subject on smaller projects of this sort. I was assigned #63. In a brief scoot around the Internet, I found that 63 CE was the year that Pompeii suffered a rather catastrophic earthquake — seventeen years prior to its final decimation in 79 CE. Having been a wanna-be archaeologist since early childhood, I opted to somehow work with the Pompeii theme; I must admit I’d been previously unaware of the earthquake there in 63 CE, and was intrigued by the notion that so many fled Pompeii at the time, leaving the survivors behind to rebuild the city, only to see its final annihilation in 79 CE.
In keeping with this, and having a penchant for darker matters in life, I wondered how many personal and social, small and global, catastrophes would/could be averted if we paid heed to warnings of impending disaster. On the flip side, paying too much attention to such “signs” would almost necessitate a life lived in fear and steeped in superstition. As with so many questions, it’s simply open-ended in my mind. I enjoy contemplating both sides of the proverbial coin…conclusions and/or decisions are secondary and often unnecessary.
Materials: Sculpey, penny, well-worn human figures I’ve used as stencils of sorts in other pieces, acrylic, gold and copper leaf, paper, ashes.
Size: 6 inches by 8 inches
About the Artist: Cayenne lives in San Diego, California. She has a degree in Philosophy, although her work has always been numbers-based corporate fare. Her passion has always been the act of creating with her creative path having been through many transformations over the years — from airbrushing textiles, to jewelry-making, to glass painting. She finally made the leap to primarily creating on canvas in December, 2005, at the ripe “old” age of 36.
To see and learn more about Cayenne’s artwork, you can explore her blog at CaySpace.
Price: This piece is not currently for sale: There are great reasons to purchase Penny Experiment art. If you would like to purchase Forewarned / Forearmed #63 or other artwork from this 100 Penny Postcard Art series, please email me and I will put you on my list to inform when this series is for sale.