Outrageous Fortune, 2020,
hand-stitched cotton thread on linen,
"Our true nature is divine and eternal. Our true purpose of life is to awaken and realize that permanent divinity that is within us.”
― Amit Ray
Outrageous Fortune is stitched in its entirety in what I think of as a modified chain stitch, and is inspired by the Sphinx creature on the top of the Wheel of Fortune tarot card. These figures are usually portrayed in the Egyptian version but this one is based on a Greek stone statue from the 6th century B.C. I added a crown on its head to represent divinity and a sword above it to symbolize the cutting away of delusions to discover who we actually are. I believe that this discovery is ultimately the greatest fortune of all.