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 shows two huge statues that stand atop Mount Nemrut in Turkey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the right is the head of an eagle and on the left is the head of Apollo (or Hermes). These statues decorate the outside of the mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, after the breakup of Alexander the Great's empire.
"I had some high-end metallic paints," says Bryce, "and I wanted to see how they worked together in a piece. I wanted to find inspiration from Euro-Asian and Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern statues, and I saw Mount Nemrut.
"I was 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 had the inspiration, the paint, and the name all at one time. Art can feel so much like alchemy sometimes!"