Emblem 145

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Two emblems by George Wither (1634) which hang on the walls of my former home.
Though the meaning of the verses is similar, the images show contrary and complementary events, and are arranged like an hourglass or infinity symbol, to mirror the continual cycle of growth and decay, reaping and sowing, and the turning seasons.
The Georgian brooch, an ouroboros surrounding an apple tree, is of great sentimental value, and also seems to prefigure a large part of my work and the life in which I now find myself.
 Amor et labor