Saturday, November 26, 2016

Inspired by...




































Roby King Galleries on Bainbridge Island asked their artists, "What or who inspires you to be an artist?"  My reply, "Story and Myth, all that stuff we come back to when looking for answers, and the master of Myth, Joseph Campbell".  Those are my inspirations.  I also would say Michael Meade and his insights keep my top spinning!

I am inspired by these words by Campbell and have them on the wall in my studio: 

"We have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; 
where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; 
where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; 
where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”
― Joseph Campbell.
 
Posted above is my Monoprint “Foundation Myth”, my take on the union of Europa and Zeus.  Their story is told and retold in all European cultures.  Europe of course takes it's name from Europa.  All three of their children Minos, Rhadamanthus and Sarpedon are founders of empires (Crete, The Cyclades and Lycia). 

Like all Greek myths, this foundation myth has variations, shadows and stories within stories.   And so, another story and inspiration!

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