Chaos (Ovid)

Chaos ovid illustration creation

Acrylic on card, 29.7 x 21 cm. 2020.

Ovid's Metamorphoses opens with the following description of the primordial universe (as translated by A. D. Melville, Oxford World's Classics):

  Chaos, a raw and undivided mass,

  Naught but a lifeless bulk, with warring seeds

  Of ill-joined elements compressed together.

  ... nothing kept its form,

  All objects were at odds, since in one mass

  Cold essence fought with hot, and moist with dry,

  And hard with soft and light with things of weight.

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