Vanessa Lemen

“My painting, The Kraken, is inspired by the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson and its powerful depiction of the great unknown, taking form as an ominous, enigmatic creature that lurks in the depths of the unfamiliar.”

The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away in sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battering upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.


The Kraken


Oil on panel


12" x 16"