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.
Whether momentous or seemingly ordinary our experiences shape our psyche. Creating allows us to explore and confront emotions and feelings born out of our experiences. By constructing a visual scenario, a ‘psychescape’ around a subject or an event, a mental catharsis and resolution can be attained.
Nature always outdoes the artist in its creative endeavour; behind every twist and tweak of invention in evolution lies a bigger motive than solely an aesthetic response to life, and that is survival.
We can only witness and wonder
Humankind’s ability and desire to construct has protected us and allowed us to shape our environment so that there are few places on earth that we do not tread. They have defined cultures and valorised religions, governments and individuals, often exposing the inequalities that plague us.
The form that our constructs take – their presence – is a physical manifestation of the limitations of our ideological, political and psychological constructs. At this moment we are suffocated by our cognitive dissonance; sadly what once secured our safety now threatens to destroy us and the planet.