Stellae Errantes: Astronomy Meets Myth Elephant paintings by Sarah Soward

Saturn painting of a multicolored elephant with a circle of smaller elephants copyright Sarah Soward


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Saturn

Status: Available
Location: Hype gallery, San Diego, CA
Contact for appointment: Sarah Soward 415-312-6868
Dimensions: 36x36 inches
Medium: Oil on canvas
Inspiration: Saturn, Roman deity and planet

There’s a myth about Saturn in which he eats his children. There’s a clarification that he releases them afterward usually because Jupiter evaded capture and forced the release of his siblings. Saturn had either 5 or 6 children depending on which family tree is referenced. Since Saturn, the planet, has a possibly permanent hexagonal hurricane at its North Pole, Soward related the hurricane to the children of Saturn and painted six small elephants. Soward didn’t want to leave them defenseless. Therefore, rather than tuskless baby elephants, she made them small tuskers.

Saturn also has a hurricane at its South Pole. Both Jupiter and Saturn are stormy, windy gas giants. Saturn’s colors are much more subtle and Soward chose to represent that in both the painting of the elephants and the hexagonal hurricane behind them.

Sol Invictus thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Mercury thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Venus Rhising thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Terra Mater thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
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Jupiter thumbnail coyright Sarah Soward
Saturn thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Urnaus thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015
Neptune thumbnail copyright Sarah Soward 2015