Blood of the Covenant
Esoterically, the “chalice” represents a place in the human body intimately connected with all notions of purification and transformation. Equivalent to an occult understanding of the womb, the chalice acts as metaphor for vessel and body, which gives immortality. The uterus is a symbol of active creation, and the channel for which life is begotten. In the Kabbalah, the first realm is called the realm of possibility. This is the inner space of the womb, and the inside of the chalice. Each vessel is capable of holding infinite possibility inside, which may then pour over into the physical realm. The inherent connection to blood, ritual, and eternal possibility between the two sacred objects can be made through understanding their role in esoterica.
In De pictura (1435), Leon Battista Alberti famously instructed painters to consider the frame of the painting as an open window. This has all but erased among contemporary painters, who are choosing to use the painting surface more literally. By utilizing the triptych, the work harkens back to the Romantic era notion of viewing art as a portal to a different world.
Destaniee Merworth is a conceptual and experimental artist working in Denver, Colorado, and is a recipient of a Bachelors in Fine Arts at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. She has exhibited work in galleries across the Denver metro area, including Juicebox gallery, Recreative Denver, and the Land Yacht. Merworth is a member of the New Genres Collective, a collaborative coalescence of artists who work with improvisation, performance, and installation to navigate new modes of creation. She is a founding member of the Unseen Collective, a group of female artists who exhibit together responding to various unseen forces. These works are often intimate and shifting through each artist's perspective.
Merworth is enchanted with the occult, voidspace, and the ritual of dreams. In between the folds of tangible experience and the aether exists a purgatory realm in which the mind, body, and spirit are allowed to meet. This convergence is often unclear, protected, and held in a sacred crevice within. Merworth explores these meeting points through prophetic imagery, visual metaphor, and descriptive colorful allegory. Her large-scale surrealist dreamscapes are explored through light, shadow, color, and texture. Merworth often utilizes daily rituals which enrich her practice and over time craft new narratives. Her work is very influenced by North African and Middle Eastern architecture, Islamic miniaturists, dream sequences, and prophetic visions.