Bec Watson is a Northern Tasmanian painter concerned with archetypal images from the natural world that can shine light on the nature of the human mind. Her “Ravens and Bulls” series is the product of intensive research on esoteric symbolism particularly the historical symbolism of the nature of the human psyche.
The Raven, an example of the extraordinarily clever and curious Corvid family, has in scientific studies displayed understanding of foreknowledge and active prediction of scenarios. Throughout history cultures have marveled at these intelligent, curious, and exploratory creatures and in time the image of the raven has become an accepted symbol of the intellectual and spiritual core of the human psyche.
The Bull, long used as a beast of burden and work animal, has become a strong symbol of the raw, physical nature of life while lacking the spirit and intellect of the mercurial and clever Raven. Tied to the ground and used for its power the Bull becomes the other side of the coin, representing in equal measure the duality of the human mind and body.