by Nina Tokhtaman Valetova
(New York, United States)
An interesting question is why many contemporary artists very often draw or paint snakes. I am sure that many artists live in cities and have not met them. Why archetypes do influence the artist’s work and what symbol of the snake is hidden in the subconscious? Many snakes are dangerous due to a deadly bites. Therefore, the fear of death and feelings of danger express in the images of snakes.
The symbol of a serpent or snake played important roles in religious and cultural life of ancient Egypt, Canaan, Mesopotamia and Greece. The serpent was a symbol of evil power and chaos from the underworld as well as a symbol of fertility, life and healing.
Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.