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Out of Khaos Came Gaia by Alice McMahon

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“Out of Khaos Came Gaia” charcoal on prepped 1/2 inch thick MDF board, 48 × 30″

This work was created for the “Voices From the Warehouse” exhibition in Dubuque, Iowa. I am very honored to be invited to be in this show which is the most exciting and anticipated annual art event in the area. My work is in what is being called the “Show Within a Show.” The “Voices 9/11 Echo Exhibit” is a special tribute to the World Trade Center tragedy with memorial pieces by Voices guest artists and alumni. The show opens tonight and runs through October 7th.

My model for “Gaia” is a beautiful local Dubuque artist and talented singer, who just gave birth to her second lovely daughter, the perfect face and persona for the Earth Mother Goddess archetype.

Artist Statement: KHAOS (or Chaos) was the first primeval goddess to emerge at the creation of the universe. She was followed in quick succession by Gaia (Earth), Tartaros (the Underworld) and Eros (Love the life-bringer).

Khaos was the lower atmosphere which surrounded the earth – invisible air and gloomy mist. Her name, Khaos, literally means the gap, or chasm, the space between heaven and earth.

Gaia, the Mother Goddess, is born of Khaos, but this is not really birth; as Khaos receded, Gaia came into being. Fertile Gaia has many children.

“Earth, the beautiful, rose up,
Broad-bosomed, she that is the steadfast base
Of all things. And fair Earth first bore
The starry Heaven, equal to herself,
To cover her on all sides and to be
A home forever for the blessed gods.”

~The Greek poet Hesiod

Fear is the greatest obstacle to Peace. Fear is lack of love. Ten years after the chaos, fear, and division of 9/11, there is hope that the people of Gaia will move forward with unity, peace, love, understanding, and concern for our environment.


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I specialize in figurative charcoal drawing. My work was recently shown and sold at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Current works delve into the realm of symbolism and magic realism.
All of my drawings are meant to be noble representations of individual subjects, and also bring together a wealth of influences, recognition of art history and myth and a contemporary attitude to create images that are of the moment, but hopefully will also remain relevant in the future.

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  • MoonSpiral
    MoonSpiralabout 3 years ago

    Awwww Alice. This is extraordinary in every way. A very lovely and inspiring piece!

  • Alice McMahon
    Alice McMahonabout 3 years ago

    Great to be back at the easel at last Moon Spiral. You are always so kind. Thank you!

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 3 years ago

    Hey Alice, haven’t seen you in a while.
    Wonderful absolutely beautiful new piece and congrats about this show. :))

  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic to see new work from your creative spirit on this bubble again, my friend. Yours is a powerful force for positive energy and I am honoured to know you and count you among a short list of friends. Congratulations and best wishes for the show and thank you for sharing your Peace ;-}

  • Rhinovangogh
    Rhinovangoghabout 3 years ago

    Alice, This is so freeking awesome! There is no one like you!!!! Your are is so real and earthy and good. You rock!!!!

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 3 years ago

    A clever and brilliant work Alice, as well as a skillfully drawn work of art. Excellent!

  • shanghaiwu
    shanghaiwuabout 3 years ago
  • mordechai
    mordechaiabout 3 years ago

    Would you consider submitting this to “Freedom in Words & Art”?

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago


  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 3 years ago

    gorgeous image. love her face expressions and the story telling details…

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