As a digital image-maker, I choose subjects with complex narratives, which I recreate visually by weaving together an intricate tapestry of original image elements. These narratives stem from Greek and Indian mythologies, Biblical allegories, children’s stories, and various other sources.
In today’s fast-paced world full of media images and constant, shallow, crisis-oriented news flashes, we become more and more disassociated from our spiritual selves. Mythological traditions and biblical literature were once a part of everyone’s education. In the post-industrial age, education is focused instead on professional training. In our daily lives, we find ourselves doing things only to achieve purposes. Gaining perspective on what is happening, on the narratives of our lives, takes time—time away from reaching goals.
I am partially influenced by my Greek heritage. However, I am more interested in learning how the ancients thought about life—its meanings, its mysteries, its passages. The data concerning how civilizations were originally formed contains what I call “holes” about which we can only speculate. The narratives of these civilizations are fascinating. Creating visual responses to the literature helps me to gain perspective on how things happened and why, offering forays to more thoughtful consideration of events in today’s world.
As Joseph Campbell once said, “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. . . . I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that . . . we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” I believe that the clues to life’s mysteries are to be found in the narratives of the ancients and in the mysteries of the earth.