Cainfields Series

A new painting series by Christopher Pilie'
20 Sept 2019 Art

We stopped by the studio to view the latest painting from Christopher Pilie' and asked him to provide commentary on his work. Below is what he provided.

Cainfield Series Commentary

With the fall of Constantinople and the rise of the Ottoman Empire in 1453, the Silk Road that meandered through Asia became very dangerous. It was the road to which travelers used to trade spice and silk. Christopher Columbus was the first Westerner to travel west in an attempt to find another way to the Far East but found America instead. Exactly 500 years ago on September 20 1519, Spaniard Ferdinand Magellen left a port of Spain in a quest to find a western path to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. His colonial effort would change the world forever.

After Columbus' discovery, Magellen knew that there was an ocean between the Americas and the Far East from Balboa's exploration of Panama and he set out to find it. He left Spain with five ships. The five ships included the 110 ton ship called La Trinidad with a crew of 55 men under the command of Magellan; the 120 ton ship La San Antonio with a 60 men crew under the command of Juan de Cartagena; the 90 ton ship La Concepción with a crew of 45 men under the command of Gaspar de Quezada; the 85 ton ship La Victoria with a crew of 45 under the command of Luis de Mendoza; and the 75 ton ship La Santiago with a crew of 32 under command of Juan Rodríguez Serrano. On November 1st 1520, "All Saints Day", Magellen found a safe passage from the Atlantic Ocean to what Magellen would name the Pacific Ocean. That safe passage is now known as the Straits of Magellen.

The crew was exposed to the harsh conditions of the sea on a cramped ship. It is hard to imagine the world of a sailor at this time without the common comforts of the modern era that we are familiar with. Sailors lived in close quarters and often slept on mats on the deck because life below was a horrible ordeal. Sailors were provided three meals per day. Portions included wine, water, horse beans, chick peas, salt meat or pork and/or cheese. Sailors did eat better on the ships than when they were on land which was part of the incentive for taking such a dangerous profession. Sailors were afforded two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a long and short jacket, a pair of shoes, and a sea cape. There were no physicians on board but barbers were often trained to bleed the sick. Many sailors died at see due to the harsh conditions.

Magellan's historic achievement was not achieved without struggle. His crews staved off disease, starvation, mutiny of the La San Antonio, and the capsizing of the La Santiago. The expedition started with five ships and ended with three. During the 100 day trip across the Pacific Ocean, the crews were so hungry when they ran out of food that they tried feverishly to suck nutrients from their leather garmets in desperation. The struggle was so great that after one of the greatest feats of human exploration, Magellan lost his life while trying to convert the people of the Philippines to Christianity.

We live in an age where much of the great achievements of Western Culture are shadowed by lies from politcal operatives. Columbus is no longer seen as a great explorer but rather as a gold and blod thirsty deliverer of Syphilis to Europe in many of our Universities. This of course is a lie since the horrible sexually transmitted desease existed in Europe well before his expeditions. The success of the West has not been without peril, struggle, and injustice. It is some of the darker parts of world history that many struggle to recognize, embrace, and learn from. Shunning them and ignoring them will not make them go away. Lying about the truth of what happened to acheive some political end will only steer us back into those rough waters to potentially repeat the same horrors again. The events of achievement by the West do cast a shadow. The shadow is like a photographic negative of our past that contain dark events. It is these events that we can gleen knowledge and empower us navigate through a mysterious future. As we look down to the shadows of our past, we can choose to recognize and learn from it or jump into to the depths of the shadow and be devoured by it.

We too have a dark side. In most cases we try to hide it from the world. You know what you are guilty of. You know of your darkside. This is the shadow of you that is much like the shadow of world history. Explore it like the greate explorers of the past. Recognize what great parts of you produce the shadow. Understand it. Embrace it. Celebrate it but don't let it consume you.

Embrace the Shadow

by christopher m. pilie'

48" X 36" oil and acrylic on canvas.

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