What possible relationship can we find between the abstract art and audio of Elize Kaisser and the story of Eros and Psyche? Musical commentary on painting generally offers narrative, or ambience, historical or cultural reference, or literal sound effects. In the case of abstract art, the music often expresses the composer’s emotional response to the painting. Elements in the myth narrative of jealousy, desire, hiddenness and subterfuge seem to imply dark colors and a brooding emotional quality for the artist/composer.
To sum up the myth: Eros was the son of Aphrodite. His Roman, and more familiar name, was Cupid. Psyche was a mortal princess who was so stunning the people of Greece began comparing her beauty to the goddess of love, Aphrodite. Aphrodite became jealous of this so she sent her son, Eros, to shoot her with one of her arrows while she slept and place a foul creature in front of her to fall in love with when she woke. Eros could not bring himself to do this but accidentally scratched himself with an arrow and in turn fell in love with Psyche. Eros then steals Psyche away to a palace, but does not reveal himself to Psyche and only is in her presence in the total darkness of night. Psyche is happy for a time until her sisters visit and persuade her to light a lamp while her lover is around so that she may see his face. Eros leaves her after this and after many trials Psyche goes on a quest to please Eros’ mother Aphrodite. After completing the task Psyche is granted immortality and allowed to stay with Eros.
Hidden in the artist’s colors seems to be a couple making love.
Artist Elize Kaisser hails from Thesaloniki, Greece. Surely she is well acquainted with Greek legend. You can enjoy her artwork as a print, a gallery mount on an easel stand, or as a set of 8 greeting cards. Click over to the Art Shop on the “shop now” link to explore all your product options.