Extreme Unction 40" x 16"/102 x 41 cm (2016)
Acrylic painting by Valerie Erichsen Thomson


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 40 × 16 × 1.5 in (unframed) / 40 × 16 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the back

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Valerie Erichsen Thomson

United States

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I was wondering where this somber piece came from, and its title, and then realized today as I complete it is September 11. I was in Russia at the time serving in Peace Corps. I expect most folks remember exactly where they were when they found out.

When Joseph Campbell was still with us, he was someone I loved to listen to and heard him speak often at the Theatre of The Open Eye in New York where he gave annual lectures talking without notes for entire weekends using slides to show the world's cultures' expression of the mysterious. He said something I puzzled with for a long time about eating meat, the flesh of other creatures....that we are all participating in everything in the universe....I think I understand it now...we are all part of it...we are part of the cruelty, the beauty, the violence, the kindness, and for that (this is me now, not Joseph Campbell) our world needs and exists with extreme unction. We live and survive through destruction and love.

It is painted on three gallery wrapped canvases. The side panels are 12 x 16"/30.5 x 41 cm, the middle canvas 16 x 16"/41 x 41 cm.

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Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

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Copyright worldwide is owned by Valerie Erichsen Thomson and is protected by the laws of the United States, the Berne Convention, and international copyright treatises and conventions.

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Professional grade artist acrylics and medium on stretched canvas.

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