Using a language of recurrent symbols, Jackowski creates images that have both intense personal significance and wider, universal meanings. The tree is his most characteristic and potent symbol, often conveying composite and even contradictory meanings. They can be light-giving, beneficial forms, as seems to be the case in this painting, or dark, threatening presences. This tree, coming out of the woman, may refer to the mythic Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge and to the Scandinavian World Tree, Yggdrasil.
Where to see this painting?
Harris Museum & Art Gallery
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