In 2019, I developed a series of paintings called Passages depicting folklore busts of Greek myth gods, contemporary architecture, gardens,... Read More
In 2019, I
developed a series of paintings called Passages
depicting folklore busts of Greek myth gods, contemporary architecture,
gardens, and people – all part of my investigation of otherworldly presences
and the continuity of Greek myths in current times. Using ‘myth’ as a tool to
disseminate topics surrounding land, people, and sustainability, artworks
address the complex intertwining between ancient stories, archetypes and
current events. Following
this series, I began Eclipse
(2020-2023) revisiting western
myth archetypes and stories around themes of hubris, humility, and hypocrisy.
Set in contemporary contexts and occasionally with figures, the antiquity
sculptures serve as allegory to examine dark aspects of the human psyche,
mortality, unseen forces, and the uncanny relationship between humans and their
gods. While assessing the meaning of storytelling,
these works also address how Greek archetypes transcend cultural boundaries.
The ancients developed myth stories to help them
explain natural phenomena, the mysteries, and the cycle of life. For this
reason, people often took their gods with them. While developing Passages and Eclipse, I travelled to Great Britain, United States of America,
and Italy to visit exhibitions with artifacts. This painting was developed for the Eclipse series and was painted from an image I took of a sculpture (Bacchus, the Roman Dionysus) in the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy. Despite vastly different contexts, or how myth
characters or antiquity sculptures arrived in these places, folklore icons
share themes and archetypes that repeat and share motifs across many cultures.