This is Tania Browning’s rendition of the mythical Goddess Kali, who is recognised as not only the Destroyer but also the embodiment of Shakti, the female power.
She is a potent force that is both dynamic and fearless, which can be seen in the eyes of the painting. The red, symbolising fierce, bold and courageous energy that is the manifestation of the divine masculine. Then the blue, which symbolises the calm, contemplative and nurturing energy of the divine feminine. With the manifestation of this duality, Kali becomes both the Creator and the Slayer, being the giver of life through the embodiment of her female form and then the destroyer with her masculine energy.
Kali is also known as the Goddess of Dark Mind and Soul. Her imbued energies define life and death. This is implied here through the use of the black overpaint, the colour black being the Dark energy. Kali’s face appears somewhat hidden as if there is a veil. Scratches can be seen as if she is trying to break through to the other side, indicating power and force. But then, we see her facial expression is patient, observant, sharp and attuned. Like a mother looking out for her children being us, humanity.
This contextualisation, through utalising the mythos of Kali, symbolically defines the non permanence of life. By removing the Ego (veil), Kali liberates us from the perpetual cycle of life and death, to the boundless existential freedom of the soul.