| Artist’s Notes
Daniel is sentenced to a terrifying death, yet he stands quietly in the midst of the wild lions. This ancient story still inspires us by its hopeful message. It connects us to the men and women who confront and oppose the powers in our world that keep people oppressed, the people who "speak truth to power". It is relived again and again. It is part of the collective unconscious of many cultures and peoples. I see the story still reaching people with its optimistic message where good wins and hope is kept alive.
I have long been interested in the story of Daniel. An early influence was seeing the medieval "Play of Daniel". It was an exciting visual and musical drama, using a consort of medieval instruments and costumed singers. The story of Daniel has kept reoccurring in my art. I have tried over the years to capture this Biblical narrative in drawing, painting, and making prints.
The idea of telling stories is a basic to me. I see this throughout our history: telling and retelling of stories goes to the roots of our ancestors, keeping hope alive despite immense trials. People remember their lives, they tell their stories and the stories they hear from others. People listen carefully to capture the details. Our lives are connected to many stories and they help connect us to other people’s struggles.
John August Swanson October 2000
An original, hand-printed serigraph published by the artist with collaboration of
Aurora Serigraphic Studio, Van Nuys, CA. Completed October 10, 2000.
Edition Size: 220
Dimensions: Image: 21" x 29½"
Paper: 29" x 37½"
Paper: Lana Cover, 100% cotton rag, acid free, mouldmade in France, Classic White
Colors: 35 colors printed