At that moment, I was thinking to create a series about animals and I wanted to do so combining Asian and European elements, thus came the neo-decorative and a fivefold conceptual scheme.
I have chosen five animals in order to represent « Wu Xing »; also known as the five elementals: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water.
« Fire » - Goat;
A so-known symbolic association to the Baphomet - the Satan. With the base of its strong image, I have added a pair of bat’s wings and a tail to enhance the sabbatic goat’s mythical representation, besides that, a pair of larger horns made it powerful.
« Metal » - Eagle;
like the metal itself, the predator bears meanings such as preciousness, shines and unbreakable strength. A guardian-like image was then born, the concept for the eagle’s 6 wings was inspired by Seraph from the Old Testament , by Seraph’s heavenly holiness.
« Water » - Goldfish;
Despite the apparent relation between the two, Goldfish has multiple positive symbols in Asian culture: symbols of wealth, goodness, and smoothness.
« Wood » - Snake;
As we can see in the composition, the snake is surrounded by sharp branches inside the woods and it incorporates the structure of lizards and elements of the mythical dragon. The reptile often echoes with unknown, awareness, and danger.
« Earth » Black Tortoise;
One of the Four Symbols of the Chinese Constellations. By combining it I think of the earth as the mother of the world, that gives hope and life, solidity and stability. The life sprouting from the back of the tortoise means so.
Among them, in order to emphasize the cycle of gram and symbiosis in the five elements, I added the sunrise and the sunset in each illustration, representing the beginning and end of the day.