"My daughter Emma has had a deep connection to the environment for as long as I can remember. As she grew older and became enchanted with Greek Mythology, I decided to show my support by depicting her as the Goddess of Earth."more
JESSE MICHAEL NEWMAN has worked on multiple films nominated or shortlisted for Academy Awards as well as projects accepted to the permanent collections of the MOMA and Whitney.more
DEC 2012. Artist Jesse Michael Newman creates installation piece for Samsung at Times Square. Newman connects with Blink Group, which aims to take the project international.more
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FLOWING MEDITATIONGAEA, Goddess of Earth, reclines as a river, falling into a meditative state. As she ponders the parent-child relationship, her thoughts echo through the hills, made manifest by nature. Herds of animals in the distance become families in the midground. Moving closer, several incarnations of a parent and her child journey to the pivotal point where the parent must let go, represented here by a tree.
On their own and without having yet learned intolerance of those different, these young children playfully intermingle. The closest animals, having walked furthest from the tree, develop an amplified sense of intuition. They are not eating the grass in front of them, but rather, bowing to GAEA in reverence, returning to a greater sense of respect for Mother Earth.
NEBULAIC EMBRYOThe birth of the universe is portrayed as a nebulaic embryo, featuring the artist’s youngest daughter. From Inception, a cosmic umbilical cord twists into a burst of energy. Radiant, interstellar clouds of light form bone and sinew, flesh and skin. Light emanates from the head as the mind flickers to life. Below, the foot bursts through the edge of the womb, a nod to Dali’s Geopoliticus Child.
With her eyes closed and fingers strumming an air lyre, this can additionally be interpreted as the formation of Terpsichore, the muse of dance. Thus, this image is sometimes referred to as BIRTH of a MUSE.
REBIRTH of GAEA (Dec 2012 Study)This epic visual tapestry delicately interweaves reflections on the Environment and Spirituality through the rich imagery of Greek Mythology. The artist describes it as “a visual love letter” to his daughter, Emma.
"My daughter has had a deep connection to the Environment for as long as I can remember. As she grew older and became enchanted with Greek Mythology, I decided to show my support for her interests by depicting her as the Goddess of Earth."