"This piece deals in a small part with my own teenage experiences with the Ouija and Tarot cards; Saturn's seal of protection that the kestrel on the left is holding was something we used to protect ourselves from bad spirits when we used the board.
The kestrel on the left(Protect) deals with protection; besides the protective seal, the flowers in it's claws all represent protection in Victorian flower language or floriography (heather, Queen Anne's Lace, juniper), and
the bird on the right (Create) represents creativity/artistic expression; the tarot (the five of wands) it holds symbolizes creativity and will, as does the bunch of oregano in it's claws.
So, overall the piece symbolizes how using the oracle signifying Sight (Ouija planchette with the all-seeing eye) to communicate with spirits can lead to artistic inspiration, but you have to protect yourself against evil. Or, maybe it's 'that which inspires can also be dangerous, so you should be on guard'."
Cory Benhatzel was born and raised in the town of Amherst, New York. At eighteen she moved to Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Otis College of Art & Design. Cory has since returned to New York where she currently resides with her husband and daughter-cat, Moogle. Cory Benhatzel’s paintings are inspired by the occult, natural history and Norse Paganism. The painstakingly created acrylic works deal with themes of the doppelganger, divination, victory, protection, the dance between life and death, triumph, and love.
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