All of our dreams, hopes, and fears are encapsulated in the narratives we create. Our myths tell of the magnificent creatures that persist through the collective imagination of our kind. Through illustrating the universal nature of human emotions, myths have the ability to unite us in exploring the innate psychological motivations that we all share as a single species.
I remove myths from their cultural contexts, stylistically uniting them through similar form, line, material, and composition. The figures are illustrated on thin paper with black ink, held upright in space by steel armature. They cast their shadows on the surrounding surfaces, leaving the viewer with a sense of a fantastic realness in their presence. By removing the identifying cultural cues found in these legends, characters like Quetzalcoatl and Zmey Gorynych can be placed within the same cultural realms as each other, even though their origins are disparate in time and space. In doing this, the myths are able to represent the larger culture of humanity and the underlying psychology behind the myths we create.By juxtaposing varying creatures, their similarities become accentuated, discarding the differences in favor of our sameness. It is in these similar narratives that humanity becomes unified through our very nature.
This installation has been shown once before, at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. However, as that was a group show, I was not able to bring the project to completion. As I have prepared for showing this project in its entirety, the Art Student Association at my undergraduate school, SUNY Brockport in Brockport, NY, invited me to present a solo exhibition of this project. This seems like a perfect opportunity to create the installation that this piece demands to be.
The new re-imagination of this installation will include doubling the rotating structures, as well as making the size more efficient and effective to the space. Adding lights at different heights will allow the shadows to move across the room more fluidly, and more powerfully. Lining one wall with more than 300 other figures will allow the space to become completely encompassed in mythological narrative, with animatronic figures adding to the animated silhouettes. New large-scale drawings will dynamically place some of the narratives within space, juxtaposed against similar myths of different origins.
Risks and challenges
Relaying the complete power of mythology through lighting, animation, and movement becomes a major challenge. I am confident that through environmental analysis, as well as hard work, I will be able to overcome these challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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