Inspired by Mythology

Mythology is a consistent source of inspiration for many artists, but the particular stories that grab one artist may be very different from those that capture the imagination of another.

There are lots of kinds of myth tales out there.

 

Some of the most salient and repeated myths relate to ideas of personal salvation and social stability – think “Theseus and the Minotaur,” Heracles and the Twelve Labors, or The Epic of Gilgamesh.

The mythic stories and heroes that appeal to me the most are those that have a more mystical bent, stories of transfiguration and revelation.

In both Eastern and Western mythology literature, this kind of story forms an important “ground of meaning” that undergirds many of our other narratives. These are the stories that tell us about the mystery of the world – wherein the peace that passeth understanding is the product of a personal contact with the divine or a pointed moment where spirit and matter have been shown to be One.

This is the story of Bacchus/Dionysus. This is the story of so many of the Upanishads. This is the story of Osiris and the story of the water being turned to wine.

The meaning behind these stories may be somewhat inscrutable but that is because they point to a truth that is in itself a mystery, the inscrutable notion that matter and spirit are actually two parts of the same thing.

It’s a mind-bender, but it is a “truth” which most cultures hearken to. It’s a statement that satisfies our intuition, even if it can’t explain the mystery beyond the mythic symbols and figures we use to represent it.


If you feel inclined, take a look at some of my myth inspired collage art at my Etsy page. I’m selling framed prints there, fulfilled by Printful. 

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