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 Search for Unity, by Arthur Secunda
Unity, by Arthur Secunda
  • titled: "Search for Unity" (lower left corner)
  • signed: "Arthur Secunda" (lower right corner)
  • medium: serigraph, printed in Paris at Jarry Atelier, with hand coloring by the artist
  • dimensions: image size: 11 3/4" x 7 3/4"; paper size: 16" x 12"
  • edition: 15 prints, numbered 1/15 to 15/15; and one artist's proof
  • date published: 1994
  • print number: 94-01-015
  • published by: Pierian Press Fine Art Editions

Introduction, by C. Edward Wall

The triangle has been a recurring theme in Secunda's art, inspired, in part, by the road to Arles, France, which Secunda has traveled many times during his lifetime.

The trees along the road to Arles have grown over it forming a triangular "tunnel" that first invites you to enter it and then compels you to travel its course. As a result, the triangle in many Secunda images contains both a beginning and an end, and symbolizes a pathway in life that one has no recourse but to traverse.

Search for Unity reflects the quest for that elusive objective: oneness. Outstretched "wings" (each half of a larger whole) are accentuated by hand colored highlights in gold, silver, black, white, and blue, intimating myriad actions driven by varying degrees of altruism, selfishness, and emotion that are part of life - and part of the search for unity. The two "wings" in this image symbolize the objectives and perspectives of contending entities; they are attached but extend in opposing directions, suggesting the eternal human struggle for integration and perfection.

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