Stories that have the ability to fascinate and at the same time chime with our own sentiments become myth.
For an artist, myths are an open door through which they can invite the viewer to share in a more personal vision by engaging them with a story they may already know.
Myths are timeless, their themes can be bent and twisted to the new period in which they are being re-imagined.
A story or fable can serve to rationalise the more chaotic realm of emotion and feeling.
A picture can allow a confrontation of things that might be hard to express in words, using the more mysterious means of visual metaphor rather than exacting language.
By constructing a visual scenario, a ‘psychescape’ around a subject or event, a mental catharsis or even resolution can be attained.
Nature, or more specifically evolution through all its subtle and extravagant variations outdoes the artist in its creative endeavour, because behind every twist and tweak of invention there lies an impulse more profound than just aesthetics and emotions, and that is survival.
Whether it be a home to live in or an identity to portray, mankind constructs so that they may find an anchor to which they can attempt to steady their existence amongst the swirling and chaotic forces of life around them.
However, the relentless nature in which we have pursued these constructs has created a psychological distance from the fact that by bending nature to our will without respect for all the outcomes, or those that don’t necessarily benefit us directly, then we ignore those things that might be to our long term detriment.