Elena Krumgold

Elena Krumgold

Greek Cicada


Oil and acrylic on canvas

I am fascinated by cicadas and their periodic lifecycle. Some of them appear above ground only every 17 years.

I see their resurrection from the earth, their progression to winged form and their song as a symbol of coming to creative bloom or, as Carl Jung puts it – individuation, i.e. wholeness in what we can accomplish, as an opposite to the triumph of the ego.

In Greek culture cicada symbolises resurrection and immortality; plus there is also a certain liminal aspect as they are capable of moving through the world’s portals.


Dimensions 61 × 76 cm

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