S H A P E S H I F T E R
Artist: J. Kleinsteuber (Canadian)
Medium: Resin & Mixed Media on Canvas
Size: 24″ x 30″
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In mythology shapeshifting is the ability of a being or creature to completely transform its physical form or shape. Usually achieved through an inherent ability of a mythological creature or divine intervention. The idea of shapeshifting is present in the oldest forms of totemism and shamanism, as well as in some of the oldest literature and, where the shapeshifting is induced by the act of a deity.
The most common form of shapeshifting mythology is that of the transformation of a human being into an animal or conversely, of an animal into human form.
This painting taps into that mythology of woman shapeshifting into the divine wolf. It measures 24″ x 30″, is a photo-transfer, charcoal, acrylic with a resin top coat on canvas. Kleinsteuber’s paintings have a unique style and her perspective, sensual and powerful.
This is a remarkable work. The complexity of the image lingers after one viewing and deepens over time.