I Have Seen the High and Mighty
March 23, 2022
Size (h w d): 36 x 48 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
This piece is of two huge statues that stand on the top of Mount Nemrut, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the right is the head of an eagle and on the left is the head of Apollo/Mithra/Helios/Hermes. These statues decorate the outside of the mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander the Great's empire. These statues draw characteristics from both Greek and Persian cultures.
"Leading up to this piece," says Bryce. "I had been experimenting with different types of paint. I had some high-end metallic paints from Culture Hustle, and I wanted to see how they worked together in a piece. I had been enjoying painting statues, specifically the 'David,' but I wanted to look past European art and find inspiration from Euro-Asian, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern statues.
"When I found information on the heads of Mount Nemrut, I happened to be listening to the Meat Puppets, and it made me think of their song, 'Coming Down,' which goes, 'Coming down from the mountain, I have seen the high and mighty, I will go again someday, But for now I'm coming down.' I knew I had the inspiration, the paint, and the name all at one time. Art can feel so much like alchemy sometimes!"