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PAN
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      In his autobiography, Johfra quotes from Faust and his lament that “Alas, two souls dwell within my breast, and each longs to sever itself from the other.” (Faust l.1112) On the one hand is the love of Nature as grasped through the senses, on the other is a higher longing for Heavenly existence. Johfra felt this dual longing in himself accutely - a dualism which he had inherited from his studies in Hermeticism, which polarized existence between body and spirit, earth and heaven, Nature and the Transcendent.
      It is for this reason that Hermes Trismegistos, in Johfra’s rendering, points upward with one hand and downward with the other. Hermeticism sought the reconciliation of opposites by transcending them in favour of a higher union. The god Pan, meanwhile, sits firmly upon the earth and with both outstretched hands he knowingly gestures downward. For, he knows that - all that exists, exists here! This is the only world.



 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003

JOHFRA PAINTING THE ADORATION OF PAN
JOHFRA PAINTING THE ADORATION OF PAN

      A closer examination of The Adoration of Pan reveals an order amidst the swirling chaos. There are in fact four distinct groups of figures. On the left, they emerge from the earth, in the middle from the water, on the right from the fire, and at the top left from the air - the four fundamental elements. All swirl towards Pan (‘the All’) in the centre, as if toward the unified source of the elements. In the future, Johfra will become obsessed with these four elements - as the fire spirits, fairies, water nymphs and woodsprites that invisibly inhabit and enliven nature.




 
 
 


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