Zodiak part 2

 Ahoy star sailors!

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Notte Bianca is just 4 days ahead of us! Please let us remind you that the official opening of our exhibition will take place on October 1st in Valetta, during the Notte Bianca 2011 celebration. We are hosting the ASTRAL ROOM in co-operation withGerman Maltese Circlein beautifulMessinaPalace.

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Martin Galea de Giovanni and Malicia Dabrowicz will present their series of pictures while Rita Dabrowicz and Matt Griffiths have prepared a unique presentation of astrological signs. That being said let us continue our star trail as we are approaching the four next Zodiac ladies.


TAURUS – the heavenly warrior

Element: Earth

Date: 20th of April – 21st of May

Planet: Venus

Brightest star: Aldebaran

Copyrights by Rita Dabrowicz and Matt Griffiths

Hi-resolution image can be seen HERE

Rita: Taurus was the first zodiac sign created after two years of break. I wanted to make her look a little bit different than the previous ones, but alike at the same time. Taurus is a female warrior. There is something oriental about her, in the set of colors used and in the overall look of the artwork.

Matt: Taurus was created as a character for the game me and my friend Spugs are working on at the moment. You can say, this is the concept art for the main character. She is the daughter of a warlord and the red hue suits her temperament.

Taurus, the second star sign of the Zodiac is ruled by the element of Erath. People born under this sign are said to be very powerful, strong willed but also practical and down-to-earth. They do not desire glory and wealth but nobody should question their authorityJ

Almost all knows stars in the Taurus constellation are connected to a story or a myth. The brightest star, Aldebaran, also known as The Bull, is linked to the tale of Europa. After watching the princess Europa picking up flowers from a field, Zeus fell in love in her and tried to marry her. The princess was not interested, so the Greek god had to turn himself into a white bull and in this form he kidnapped the princess and brought her toCrete, where she became known as the Bull priestess. Another person connected to the star is Ariadne, the daughter of Minos who helped Theseus escape the labyrinth build by her father. Adriane is also an important figure in Etruscan mythology under the name Areatha. As Areatha, she is the symbol of sun and rides in a carriage pulled by bulls. The Pleiades, an open star cluster, are said to be the daughters of Atlas. The seven sisters shine so brightly in the night sky that they can be seen with a naked eye. They were turned into stars after Atlas was order to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders. Close to them are The Hyades – bringers of rain. Half sisters to the Pleiades, the nymphs were so grief-stricken after the death of their only brother, that the Gods turned them into the stars not knowing how else to ease their suffering. Taurus is also the symbol of Venus (Aphrodite), and is said to watch over the goddess while she bathes so no mortal man can see her. Eos, the goddess of dawn, is also associated with the bull, as it helps her to ride the sky each morning. The bull (or sometimes a cow) was the sacred animal of Freya, the goddess of fertility and love in the Scandinavian lore.

SAGITTARIUS – lady with a bow

Element: Fire

Date: 22nd of November – 22ndof December

Planet: Jupiter

Brightest star: Epsilon Sagittarii (binary star)

Copyrights by Rita Dabrowicz and Matt Griffiths

Hi-resolution image can be seen HERE

Rita: Sagittarius took nearly 3 days to be completed – it was a real challenge! The silver artistic thread had to be glued by hand – believe me, my back was sore!

Matt: The sketch that became Sagittarius is an older one. I drew that a long time ago, but I don’t remember exactly when. It was inspired by a photo shoot inTokyo with the models posing at the top of a tower. It was that sort of slightly beneath view that just seemed very cool.

In Western civilization the Sagittarius, the ninth zodiac sign, is usually being associated with the wise centaur Chiron. However, in Greek and Roman tradition, the archer was the representation of Diana (Artemis), the virgin goddess of hunting and war. As the twin sister of Apollo, Artemis was an avid huntress, especially skilled in the use of a bow. She was the only one who could match her brother or beat him in a shooting competition. Artemis was very proud of her skills, always ready for a challenge or duel. In poetry, she was described as the one “who amuses herself on mountains with archery”. According to legends, at the age of three, Artemis asked her father Zeus to grant several of her wishes. She demanded to be supplied with a golden bow and never missing arrows, all female hunting companions, 20 handmaidens who took care of her bow and dogs while she rested and a hunting tunic. Artemis (as well as Diana) used the bow to punish those who offended her or her family. When Niobe boasted as being superior to Leto (Artemis’ mother) because she had 14 kids, enraged goddess killed 7 Niobe’s daughters with poisoned arrows. Similarly, she killed Chione and Aura after they disputed her beauty or skills. Another famous female huntress from Greek mythology was named Atalanta. The Arcadian princess was left in the mountains to die as a child. Raised by hunters, she became a mighty warrior herself. Atalanta was the only woman to take part in the hunt for the Calydonian Boar. She managed to wound the monster with her arrow drawing the first blood. For doing that, she was awarded the animal skin and gained the immortal fame.

PISCES – protector of the waters

Element: Water

Date: 19th of February – 20thof March


Brightest star: Eta Piscium (Kullat Nunu)

Copyrights by Rita Dabrowicz and Matt Griffiths

Hi-resolution image can be seen HERE

Rita: One of the most abstract works in the series. Pisces were inspired by the Japanese “Ring” series of horror movies. I love the blue bow in this picture – but it is very hard to notice it!

Matt: Being an abstract work, it is very hard to notice the original sketch. However I think it looks like a very deep, green sea. That or corroded metal.

Pisces, the protector of water and oceans, is the twelfth zodiac sign, ruled by the element of water. According to a Greek legend, the Olympian gods were once forced to take the shape of animals to escape the earthborn giant Typhon. Most of them chose to take the shape of birds, but Aphrodite and her son Eros were trapped in an ocean. To escape the monster, they morphed into two fish connected with a cord and swam to safety to the other side of the river Euphrates. After the unpleasant adventure, Aphrodite made the Pisces the protector of all waters on Earth and placed them among the stars. In Syrian mythology, the Pisces are the symbol of Atargatis – the fish queen and the goddess of water. One of the most interesting tales about the sea rulers is the myth of Hatmehit – Egiptian water entity. As one of the oldest goddesses, her name could be translated as the “Great Flood”. She was such a powerful monarch, that even the fabled sea monsters were afraid of her anger. Hatmehit was the   consort of Osiris and mother of Horus. She commanded an army of fish tasked with finding sailors lost at sea and saving their lives. Her temple was in the delta city ofMendes and it is said that all fish kept there were treated as sacred animals, thus were not allowed to be harmed, killed or eaten.

LIBRA – the scale of justice

Element: Air

Date: 23rdof September – 23rd of October

Planet: Venus

Brightest star: Zubeneschamali

Copyrights by Rita Dabrowicz and Matt Griffiths

Hi-resolution image can be seen HERE

Rita: This artwork gave me lots of trouble. The seeds were hardly sticking to the surface and the ribbon was making the paper to curl inwards. But after all, it simply looks great!

Matt: Libra came out amazingly well. I love the way it is painted, the thick outlines make it look like an entirely separate piece from the background. The sketch is based on a girl I knew ages ago. We were members of the same Internet forum.

The seventh astronomical sign, Libra has always been considered the luckiest of all signs of the Zodiac. People born under this sign are said to be natural players, enjoying games, competitions and bets of any sort. Libra is also an ancient symbol of justice and is being represented by the goddess Astraea. The ambassador of Gods among Men, Astraea listened to all cases presented to her and judged wisely. The greed of people, their lies in her courtroom and complete lack of morals made her leave the Earth at the end of the Silver Age and look for shelter in the sky. Another goddess, Dike (Moral Justice) has left with her and both will return one day to restore the old order and bring back the Golden Age. Egyptian equivalent of Astraea, goddess Ma’at was regarded to be the concept of an absolute truth. According to the myth, she was weighting on her scale the deeds of every soul that entered the Underworld. If the soul was as light as the feather, Ma’at would let it continue on its journey to heavens.

Star travelers, it’s time to stop and rest.

Please return tomorrow as we are not done yet!

Have fun,


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