|Klew, Brian Fisher, monotype print, 9 x 22 in.|
A clue is a way of finding our path out of a perplexing matter or metaphorical labyrinth. The word and its meaning began as Klew, a ball of thread. If you have ever said, “I don’t have a clue” you were referencing the myth of Ariadne, Theseus, the Minotaur and the Labyrinth.
Ariadne was a princess of Minoan Crete and half sister to the Minotaur. When Theseus, prince and hero of Athens arrived on the island of Crete as sacrificial tribute to King Minos and his step son the Minotaur, Ariadne fell in love with him. She gave Theseus a ball of thread that he unwound behind him as he searched the labyrinth to find and destroy the Minotaur. Deed done he rewound the thread and retraced his steps.