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The Human Abstract

*Pity would be no more If we did not make somebody poor,
And Mercy no more could be
If all were as happy as we.
And mutual fear brings Peace, Till the selfish loves increase; *

*Then Cruelty knits a snare,
And spreads his baits with care.

He sits down with his holy fears,
And waters the ground with tears;
Then Humility takes its root Underneath his foot.*

*Soon spreads the dismal shade Of Mystery over his head,
And the caterpillar and fly Feed on the Mystery.
And it bears the fruit of Deceit, Ruddy and sweet to eat,
And the raven his nest has made In its thickest shade. *

The gods of the earth and sea
Sought through nature to find this tree,
But their search was all in vain:
There grows one in the human Brain

William Blake

Thanks you and Production Credits
Photographer Marcus Ranum
Model Tony


angel, blake, conceptual, contemporary, gothic, man, struggle, pain, inner pain

I paint, sculpt and make jewellery and love what I do.

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  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyover 5 years ago

    Having the freedom of flight and being bound by it’s limitations…..
    Priceless on many levels Shanina.

  • ArtSlut
    ArtSlutover 5 years ago

    incredible image Lady C.Wow.

  • Simon Duckworth
    Simon Duckworthover 5 years ago

    very strong image, excellent and powerful

  • Barry W  King
    Barry W Kingover 5 years ago

    such a powerful piece filled with so much emotion/agony

    excellent work…

    Then Cruelty knits a snare,
    And spreads his baits with care…gotta love William Blake

  • cherokee29
    cherokee29over 5 years ago

    What a strong image,fantastic..:o)

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerrover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image………………….WOW. I had a moan about artists using other peoples work, but there is talent and talent……..Shanina……this is Fantastic, and with the WOW factor…xx

  • butchart
    butchartover 5 years ago

    works wonderfully with blakes words… but it is very powerful as a stand alone image…….. the agonies of self can be the worst……… majically creative imagery Shanina….. bravo……..b

  • Per E. Gunnarsen
    Per E. Gunnarsenover 5 years ago

    WOW Shan! This is superb…and very creative, love it! Bravo Maestro!!!

  • quigonjim
    quigonjimover 5 years ago

    What a superb image Shanina. Fantastic work: )

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 5 years ago

    Awesome art dear Shanina. From the darkness in this piece I sense a sort of rabid frustration maybe inspired from the wildfires in Australia? Hmmmmm? A marvelous thought provoking work, Shanina.

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