Of Times and Days July 14

Opening Reception:

Saturday, July 14, 2012

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Mythos of Being

“When Iron John had reached the dark forest once more, he took the boy from his shoulders and put him down on the earth. The Wild Man then prepared a bed of moss for boy to sleep on, and in the morning took him to a spring. It was clear as crystal and full of light.”
Iron John

These works of art come from many years of thinking deeply about the stories that shape our beliefs. For most of human history, there have been myths and tales that societies have used to inform the next generation about life and its complexities. These hearth tales or myths or parables provide ways of thinking and understanding. The stars have been charted and identified to fit religious and communal understandings. The constellations have served as guides for travelers at sea and on land, as well as icons for legends and mythologies.

The search for who we are does not sit well in the present vacuum of much of contemporary thought. This rootless, context free identifying leaves many with a strong sense that something is missing. The stories that have been gifted to us from across time and place provide much to help us counter that sense of loss with ideas and concepts rich in meaning. The works in this series reflect upon how some of these stories reverberate through my soul and find their way into clay and wood and image and twine. So I offer these works to you to think about, to contemplate, to consider what stories do you need to read, to live, to revive.

June 2010

Another Realm

This body of work comes from intuitive connections to the invisible, ongoing consciousness that links humanity across time and distance. The figures are created to emit an archaic sensibility, a strong connection of the past to the present. The wings engage the idea that flight is symbolic for spiritual wholeness or escape from suffering.  It is as if these figures occupy another realm, one that we cannot experience physically but the knowledge of it permeates our lives.
The work addresses the loss of our natural sense of being human, that is our deeply innate sense of ourselves. We have become disconnected from the natural rhythms of life. These figures are about the continued rediscovery of the true human condition that resides deep within us. The ideas do not eliminate the body’s suffering but presents it as a condition for spiritual uplift.
It is the intent of the work to project an ancient oneness of humanity’s need for the internal search for wholeness and meaning. The art is an attempt to raise our consciousness above the distracted, destructive and unaware content of much of contemporary life, to an upward and inward journey of spiritual transcendent experience, through the elementary order of the human figure.

William Catling

April 2009