The Gate of Ritual / The entrance to the male body

Wounded Angel.

This painting by Orokie shows a new luminosity and beauty. As with Malaikawatano, the painting began with graceful pencil flourishes and was then developed using fine art watercolour.

Wounded Angel brings to focus a major concern of Orokie’s at the time of painting. Orokie was busy with a number of anti-AIDS causes, designing posters and creating works that reflected the historical causes of AIDS. Wounded Angel, however, though it grew out of this context, is something else. It is lyrical, narrative, and tragic. The five angels (of the elements) have now separated and four are confronted by one who bears strange wounds. The painting is shot through with a golden glow, a feeling of a Golden Age of tenderness. This has become a sunset, a moment of passing light. Seated in the shadows of a life-protecting tree, the four angels observe the wounded friend as he stands on the surface of sacred water. The wounded angel holds his hands behind his back in a sign of double vulnerability: he opens his front to his friends; he emphasises (for the viewer) the cancerous blotches that stain his back. This painting takes Orokie’s continuing vision of brotherhood and exile to a higher, emotional level.

Wounded Angel.

 

 

Wounded Angel

 

We look and shan’t forget

The light now falling deep

Into the lake. The set

Of sun upon the skin

Of water; and the sleep

Of fear within our kin.


Beneath the shade of leaves

(The artist’s probing look),

We see the sudden heaves

Of pain, our brother’s breath.

Our hands that sketched life’s book

Now draw away from death.

 

 

 
A3 size ,Watercolour