Using both traditional and unexpected representations, my current work explores the enduring and universal symbolism of the portal: a bi-directional opening, threshold, or moment between ‘this’ and ‘that’, what we know and the mystery beyond. Portal crossings can be emotional, physical, or metaphysical. They are transformative - imparting something unimaginable to an earlier self.
Now consider the crossing itself, and what might lie on the other side, or come through to ours. Consider further which portals appear more or less alluring, and why. In these inquiries may be found insights to help reconcile beliefs and emotions drawn from previous transitions, and desires and fears around imminent or unavoidable change to come.
This collection captures portals inspired by nature. It is the first part of my Portals Project, an ongoing visual meditation on impermanence and transformation across a range of circumstances.
Near Myth - Coming soon
Our pursuit of faith and devotion has infused every culture with its own mythologies - stories and characters representing the range of human experience, from base instincts to divine aspirations. Inspired by religion and folklore, these images distill some of the most emblematic, and often transcendent, symbols of our individual and collective belief systems, both contemporary and ancient.
By avoiding literal portrayals to instead infer the force that underlies the source narratives, the viewer is free to interpret what, if any, moral is delivered or lesson taught based on their own experience.
Our species is capable of the most awful and most wonderful things. The stories we tell help remind us of those extremes amid the chorus of light and dark voices we all carry with us. Like the evergreen myths they represent, these images may offer a fresh mirror in which to see our own.
Work in progress
Work in progress