Tiamat is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess with a number of contradictory attributes. She is a primordial deity of the ocean and the mother of all the first gods in Babylonian myth. She is also a chaos goddess, associated with dragons, monsters and turmoil. She can be depicted as either a beautiful woman, a dragon, or a chimerical monster. With Abzu/Apzu, the god of fresh water, she filled the abyss at the beginning of time with the waters of creation. Later, she was killed by Marduk, the storm-god, who turned her body into the earth and sky. For this commission, I painted her among the stars, before all her acts of creation.

This painting is also a tribute to the 19th century artist William Bouguereau’s “Humeur Nocturne”:…


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