Once upon a time the stories people told were more than just mere stories - they attempted to explain existence itself and solve nature's many riddles. Elaborate tales were told by campfires depicting the birth of the universe, the origins of the wind, the cycle of seasons, and so on. With each retelling the stories gained a certain weight and power. Specifics were remembered and passed down, and soon the stories achieved a life of their own, becoming legends. Legends, having been retold for generations, eventually became the foundations for ancient belief systems. There were gods of the oceans, goddesses of nature, deities representing everything from the sun and moon to war and love. These divine beings, who poetically mirrored ourselves and our own nature, were embraced and worshipped; were given their own stories and a life of their own.


Then the pursuit of understanding through science took hold, and there was no longer any need to tell new stories. Imaginative invention was replaced with empirical evidence, and countless tales were forgotten. Those that were remembered lived on through artwork and poetry, the tales symbolizing mankind's diverse and difficult nature. And while the stories live on, it's a shame we don't have our own - a pantheon that defines us despite the advent of technology.


But what if we did? What if we had a modern myth of gods and goddesses that we could, even still, identify with? A pantheon that represented nothing as simple as storms or fire, but reflected deeper, truer aspects of ourselves, for better or for worse. Deities that were as complex as we are.

That is the idea and the inspiration behind The New Mythology - to create a pantheon of beings that represent aspects of ourselves and our surroundings that are intrinsic and, even still, sacred.

 

MEDIA: color pencil, watercolor, marker, acrylic