My Monotype Argo depicts the engineer Argo presenting a plan of the ship that he will construct and will eventually carry Jason and his crew of heroes on their quest for the Golden Fleece. Jason’s patron Goddess Hera, here represented by her totem or symbol, the Peacock, helped Argo select the timbers from the trees of Mount Palion to build the boat. She also supplied a limb for its keel taken from the sacred oak of the oracle at Dodona. The talking keel would aid the heroes in their journey with its gift of prophecy. When the ship was complete it was named for the builder Argo and thenceforth the heroes that sailed upon it would be known as Argonauts. Argo is a Monotype with metal leaf mounted to panel. (16 x 16 x 2 in.) It will be exhibited in my studio, stop number 11, during the Vashon Island Holiday Studio Tour .
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Zetos I am working on compositions based upon the subject of " Journey," specifically “The Argonautika” and the mythic story of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece. It is an old, old, (really old), hero’s journey. Older even than Homer’s Iliad, wherein the Argos and its’ many heroes are referred. Through millennium the Argosy and the Argonauts have become synonymous with adventure, discovery and in our present age name pervasive to every product and service one might imagine. Just Google Argosy and you will currently see (about) 8,000,000 results. I find that remarkable, daunting and relevant to why Jason's mythic quest is still potent. “The Argonauticka” is a classic tale of betrayal, vengeance and like many Greek myths has a tragic ending. It is a story of group dynamics (a crew of 50 heroes), about stretching geographical boundaries and like every important myth it also explores the very human behavioral aspects of quest and t