Cosmic genesis / artist statement

Everything about our lives and our very existence depends on the milestones of the Cosmic Genesis – the points in the history of the universe since the beginning of time which made life on this planet possible. Each one of those points, the formation of the Earth, the shaping of the Solar System, the origin of the Milky Way, has been crucial and yet has happened due to an ever-continuing ripple (or butterfly) effect. As if reflected in our own scale of being, each thought, decision, action, no matter how seemingly insignificant has the potential to cause unimaginable changes in this world we think is set in stone. On the contrary, it is alive, breathing, growing, evolving, moulded by the forces which influence it, whether that refers to meteorites, the shifting of tectonic plates, natural phenomena or the negligent behaviour of a single one of the Earth’s myriad of species.

Rooted in mythology and stemming from scientific discovery, this project’s aim is to bring the viewer’s attention to a higher perspective and a process of self-reflection, both figurative and literal. Through the observation of this chain of creation, the viewer’s mind is stripped of superficial concerns which are replaced by a sense of understanding and elevated perception. Ultimately I wish to evoke empathy towards our home planet and an awareness of the choices we make, which could sustain or exhaust it.

what can I say….

love in gold and silver

I did this last night, like I used to, as a way to clear my head and subconsciously express my emotions, thoughts and inner states. With my personal, social and work lives taking turns in every possible direction I cannot help but feel dizzy (in a very emotional sense). It sounds ridiculous but I do have so much love to give, so much love for the world, so much love for life and its mysterious ways… In a way I feel aware of everything all the time… Something which causes my mind to overload on a regular basis. But that’s fine, because it is those times that I come up with the most interesting concepts………

Anyway…

The last 3 posts were in fact answers to the three questions written on my feedback form from our formative assessment about a month ago. I was told to take some time and work on a statement, so I decided to take these questions as challenges… hence the writing.

I do understand that perhaps I can shorten them.. considerably… but what can I do when it feels like there’s so much to say? It’s like as soon as such topics arise people just nod and look away. A constant “yes I’m aware of this but I choose not to engage.” WHY? Even when talking to the tutors about my idea, which I have done over and over again since the start of the academic year, it feels like each time I’m talking to a wall – no response, no thought, no nothing. Do they not see that what I’m exploring are universal concepts?! Do they not have their own opinions on the matter?! I refuse to believe that they haven’t thought about such things at some point or another.

I’m tired of wondering. I’m tired of thinking. This is what it is. These writings are a small fraction of everything I’ve got going on in my head, and it will be a miracle when I finish my statement. I don’t know how to stress the importance I believe this has – mutual understandingIn a way I end up taking everyone’s position on love, unity and cooperation for granted… am I just a naive dreamer hoping for a brighter future? Or am I one of these people, whose light is constantly smothered by the commercial bullsh*t of “society”.

This, whatever it is, that we all live in is not a “society”. It’s more like a machine designed to swallow up creative, thinking individuals and spit our mindless conformist consumers… it’s an endless struggle… until one remembers that they are not subjected to this system, that they are a building block that could be a part of something infinitely better.

This way of thinking, “someone else will do it”, isn’t working. It never has. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” No more excuses…

What is the Purpose?

Why illustrate creation myths? What is the point if it’s been done so many times? What could there be to it that we don’t already know?

It is truly a challenging task to redefine something anew which has been defined and redefined so many times before – mythologies have been used as a source of inspiration for lots of world famous motion pictures as well as, and especially, books and entire series; by infusing their work with a measured amount of established myth and legend, people like Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis create entire worlds, just as real as (and often based on) the Heaven we so often hear about, or Asgard, or Hades and so many other realms from different mythologies. And yet, we’re not talking about mythology as a whole, this exploration is of the roots of the cultural phenomenon, of Myths of Creation.

“In the enjoyment of a great myth we come nearest to experiencing as a concrete what can otherwise be understood only as an abstraction.” said C. S. Lewis in his essay Myth Became Fact. “Myth is the mountain whence all the different streams arise which become truths down here in the valley; in hac valle abstractionist (5) Or, if you prefer, myth is the isthmus which connects the peninsular world of thought with that vast continent we really belong to. It is not, like truth, abstract; nor is it, like direct experience, bound to the particular.” The ending to his essay is perhaps the most captivating (and relevant to my own studies) part of it, “God is more than a god, not less; Christ is more than Balder, not less. We must not be ashamed of the mythical radiance resting on our theology. We must not be nervous about “parallels” and “pagan Christs”: they ought to be there-it would be a stumbling block if they weren’t. We must not, in false spirituality, withhold our imaginative welcome. […] For this is the marriage of heaven and earth: perfect myth and perfect fact: claiming not only our love and our obedience, but also our wonder and delight, addressed to the savage, the child, and the poet in each one of us no less than to the moralist, the scholar, and the philosopher.”

It is what I want to bring out to the public – a manifested personal experience of that which is only existent in the mind and soul. Even a trace of that scale of awareness of the world, not at a personal, familial, communal or national level, beyond even a planetary level can hint at our insignificance and through it unify us. When one is taken back to the beginning of time and space, one cannot help but experience something. And it is that something (which can most closely be regarded as a sense of awe), which is the same in everyone, which is the physical manifestation of a mutual connection, an understanding of a higher level, a unifying factor if you will between all of us on earth. Perspective, Empathy, those words become amplified by their own resonance – your viewpoint is exalted, you observe a creator in action, THE Creator in action… when one has transcended the barrier of mundane thought, of the opaque fog that is the material world and the “normalities” of day-to-day life, that is when one truly starts becoming aware of the world they are a part of… together, side by side with everyone and everything else. By putting things in perspective, we may come to realize that our personal problems become insignificant in the wake of wars, destruction and terrorism fuelled by the greed, blind hatred and petty differences of a certain few. It is the larger part of humanity that craves a peaceful life of love and cooperation, and to get there I hope my work to be a peaceful catalyst.
One People. One Planet. One Life. One Love.

Why Creation Myth?

Mythology is fascinating. I’ve believed that my whole life without anyone having to push me towards it. There is something so interesting about how people used to explain the workings of the world, and how each culture had its own set of tales, passed down generation after generation. Those stories are so different from one another despite the fact they address similar, if not the same, topics of life, death, love, war, parenting, kinship…

So why choose such a vast subject? The truth is I’m not. Despite the differences there is one thing that all cultures and mythologies have in common – stories with similar narrative and identical purpose – Creation myths. No matter which mythology I choose to explore, there will always be a story to explain how the world came to be.

With time, our cultures have changed, moulded by the influence of other cultures. When you look at our world nowadays there’s barely a trace of the ancient world, all we have is the great ruins and archaeological sites to remind us. But it’s not just that – ancient philosophers and mathematicians and poets, and their ideas and knowledge have become the earliest basis for scientific discovery, and even though science as an autonomous subject had a slow and rough start because of the austere nature of religion and its influence over the population, it has gone as far as the edges of space and time. Faith, what we believe in, is one of the most integral building blocks of us as individuals and as a collective and yet religion has somehow always been a dividing factor. Why is that? If all religions teach us to love one another and cooperate, then at some point we must’ve gone off by quite the margin in our understanding of them. Let’s not falsely convince ourselves that it’s human nature to be in conflict, we’ve gone way past the age of battling for territorial influence by sending armies to slaughter each other, we are in the 21st century, a time of supposed intelligence and scientific/technological advancement beyond that of every previous age. And still there is mistrust, hatred and petty differences which lead up to intense cultural and political conflicts – the atrocities in Syria being just another drop in the glass which is full to the brim.

Can we claim that we’ve been conditioned by our cultures to be hostile towards those who are different? Led to believe that this is how things are, and there’s nothing we can do about it? Well, if there is one thing which is universally true, it’s that we can question everything. And I am questioning the lessons our institutionalised faiths have groomed us into over countless generations.

I’m going back to the very start, to the point where faith was about understanding rather than judging. When people told stories about how their world was created, in an attempt to understand it better. Because it was at that point, that we weren’t focusing on cultural specificities and how we should live our lives. Because it is those stories which best depict the human psyche and how it works – can anyone explain why creation myths are so similar to one another? Could it be that we’re not that different after all? And if so… why is there so much conflict, hatred, cruelty and destruction in the world?

animation: beginning

After getting overexcited about the little 15 frame gif that I made, I quickly went on to do a storyboard for the entire story I want to animate. All nice and wonderful until I realised just the first two thumbnails will take something like 30 frames each, and that’s pushing it. It really does drain your soul, animation. but hey, might as well give it to something worthwhile…

here’s the first test animation I did at the end of last week.

Now this one was more carefully executed, with tracing paper and all, and it pointed out a few things I need to consider when continuing with the animation work – one is the use of acetate. or the potential use of a light box, although when working with so much black, I’m not sure it’ll work properly. then again nothing is certain until I test it.

ahhhh good luck, me. To be continued…

animation: stage O

A couple of months ago I had a tutorial with Georgina very much out of the blue. We had a short chat in which I was mainly explaining my idea and what I was planning on doing. I was quite busy with writing my dissertation at the time so I wasn’t exactly prepared. Still she seemed impressed to see how clear my direction was and it looked like she wasn’t quite certain what advice or suggestions to give me.

Still she noted that my idea might work really well in animation.

I hurried to turn it down as I hadn’t done animation before and I could clearly see the amounts of work to be done.

How foolish.

Looking back now, it feels like it was a hint of sorts, that I’ll have to do it whether I like it or not. To be fair, animation is one of the first major influences of my life and it’s something I wanted to do for quite a while before I decided I prefer illustration. Why I felt skeptical to do something I love and appreciate so much baffles me.

So now that I’ve finally come to terms with my imminent social death, I’ve started working on the sequence for a Slavic creation myth. The most interesting thing about it  is that I have to explain ‘this is Slavic’ to people. I should stop at one point and ask, ‘which culture do you think this came from?’ the process of ‘breaking it’ to people might be more successful than the animation itself…

well here’s the first test piece I did at the start of last week…. just to see if I’m on the right track….

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wake up to create the golden egg out of which Rod comes out with love to create the World….

this obviously has a long way to go before anything becomes out of it. whooooooooop. so ready for this.

musings of an overloaded mind

Creation Myths and the Hint of Higher Understanding

Creation Myths are the explanations of the origins of our world/universe, and no matter where or when, they have existed since the dawn of Reason.

In creation myths, there are ideas explored through the imagination of our ancestors thousands of years ago, and through the logic and facts of science nowadays,
which ideas, strangely enough, are strikingly similar to one another.

Is it crazy to think that there may have been some higher knowledge involved, a collective consciousness?

In terms of space and time, myths and the people who told them had little if not nothing in common, and often didn’t interact as they developed separately, on different continents, divided by vast impassable oceans.

So what could have enabled them to have the same ideas if they had nothing in common?

the prism could be representative, where each colour would be a different interpretation of the same story – the white light.

There may be more than a thousand stories about how our world and our universe as well as ourselves came to be, yet they all rely on the same basic principles.

~ At the beginning there’s nothing/darkness/infinite emptiness and chaos.
~  Then the egg cracks/there’s an explosion of light/the emergence of consciousness or the primordial creator god.
~ Then the creation of the heavens and the earth/night and day/celestial bodies.
~ Then the humans, made of clay/mud/dust/washed up wood…

What was there before the Big Bang?
The Big Bang, the giant explosion, which marked the beginning of time.
Matter takes new shapes and configurations/gas clusters/stars /planets/galaxies.
Humanity as the product of an evolutionary process, moulded throughout time to what we are today, with the same chemical consistency as the earth we live on….

Could we claim that it could be one and the same story seen through a prism? A different language bringing the story down to understandable terms for the different cultures?

Science gives us yet another explanation (this time based on fact and logic, rather than imagination and logic) and that is still almost the same story, excluding the narrative and the humanised creative forces called gods and goddesses.

Can scientists say what was before the Big Bang? They may still speculate but one thing is certain and that is the black void which lies beyond our cosmic horizon. (Not entirely void, as there is still energy emitting from it, so there must be something in that infinite darkness which is believed to have been billions and billions of years ago, before the BB. FYI: TED Talks, Distant Time and the Hint of a Multiverse)

cosmic horison (from illustraTED, 2015)
before the beginning of time (illustraTED, 2015)

Another interesting comparison:
In Ancient Egypt they had Nut and Geb, the Sky and the Earth, as lovers in a tight embrace until they were separated by Ra, the sun deity.
In Norse mythology after the death of the giant Ymir, his head was separated from his body so his skull could become the dome of the sky and his body the earth, and the skull was held up by four guards – East, South, West and North.
Chinese myth tells the story of Pan Gu, the giant who was asleep in an egg shell and once he awoke and the shell broke, heavier bits that came out of it became the earth, the lighter ones became the sky, and fearing that they’d mix once more, he held them apart, growing simultaneously as they continued to separate.

These three bits of the respective creation myths clearly emphasise that the earth and sky were once mixed, or really close together.

As if playing on the idea that at the dawn of time temperatures were much higher, and matter was much denser. Closer together. And that’s scientific fact:
The universe is expanding.
It’s cooling off.
We have scientific studies right here, explaining to us that simple yet fundamental idea which actually existed for thousands of years beforehand.

So when we say “the universe is expanding, it used to be much denser” our ancestors would have said things like “the sky and the earth were once so close together that there was no room for light and air, so [insert name of god here] came between them and pushed them away from one another”.

Of course, when talking about the universe and the creation of the world, we must think in a much larger scale or time frame, which is one of the things that would have been unfathomable for our ancestors.
– Pan Gu held the sky and earth apart for 18,000 years as he grew and matured.
– God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them in 7 days, according to the old Biblical texts.
But what if those are just the understandable measures the concepts had to be translated into?
– The official age of maturity around the world is most often 18.
– A week consists of 7 days (6 to work and one to rest).
So perhaps these creation stories are metaphors for things we are already aware of… but if we’re aware of them already what is the point?

Could we not have discovered some scientific truths much earlier if only we had paid attention? Instead of denying people’s faiths and calling them pagan and their gods false, and burning people at the stake for their radical ideas which could put the authority of the church in jeopardy, where could we have been today if we had been even a little bit more receptive of external knowledge and ideas?

Because of such a violent history between science and faith, it is understandable why these two fields wouldn’t really look for common ground, but as we advance (and at high rates as well) we can start to see how boundaries between spheres of knowledge are merging and producing the most astonishing results which drive us even further on.

So why is it so difficult for science to work together with mythology towards the possibility of a higher understanding of our universe, and perhaps even discoveries waiting to be made?

Pointless? Nothing is pointless if you know how to look at it.

All scientific advances have been for the purpose of a higher understanding, but so have creation stories. Just as science works with facts and figures, myths about creation were built on the basis of people’s immediate surroundings, the recognition of possible cause for specific effect. They weren’t ‘foolish’ or ‘crazy’ at all when they talked of giants, gods and magical creatures. They just had different tools to work with, and different terminology, most widely recognised as metaphor.

If you showed an iPhone to someone a thousand years ago, it would have been perceived as magic and you would have been accused of witchcraft and burned. We would call that stupidity and blindness, but magic is just the word for science we don’t have yet. Communicating across oceans was an idea beyond belief and yet today our friends or family on the other side of the world are just a phone call away.

Interestingly enough in Tarot, The Magician card, number I, represents just that: someone who can do what they do so well and with such knowledge, that others believe it is magic. That’s how illusionists work, they keep your attention while they do their tricks without you even realising, until you find yourself amazed and in disbelief.

Yes, there is magic in myth. There are creatures made up of different animals; could that be the first notion of genetic modification?
Yes, there are gods of unimaginable power, but what is the meaning behind? A ‘god’ would be a masculine energy, a physical force, a catalyst for action and often destruction. In the same sense, a ‘goddess’ would represent the feminine energy of creation, a mental force, a representation of connection and protection…

Why is it so strange and hard to remember such simple concepts? We end up taking everything so seriously that we lose sense of that transcendent aspect of what these stories are meant to teach us.

 

Creation stories are the roots.
They are the beginnings to entire mythologies, which in turn became the foundations of religions and different belief systems today.
Cults, religions, worship are all culture-specific. And cultures more or less differ in accordance with territory and population.

Yes, it is the people that make the culture, and yes, it is the people that choose their faith but it’s actually a mirrored effect – it is the culture hand in hand with the faith that moulds the individual. When you place two mirrors facing each other, you just get an infinite loop, much like this one; we are who we are, thanks to our knowledge and experiences, thanks to the culture we grew up in and what we have faith in on a spiritual level.

But does anyone ask themselves the simple question: What if?
What if I wasn’t born where I was?
What if I was raised by a different family in a different country of different a different culture, with different traditions and faith?
I would have had a different upbringing, different associations to things, perhaps even different views on what’s right and wrong.
And maybe I would’ve been blind enough to think that other places, cultures, peoples, have it all mixed up and don’t know the truth…

The truth…
Truth is singular, its versions are mistruths.” –Sonmi-451, Cloud Atlas
How can we deny what others believe to be true?
When it comes to the material world, it’s easy, just look at the facts. But when it comes to spiritual understanding, that’s where things get tricky.

Religion is a form of identification, just like nationality and language, but where these are focused on territorial background, religions, or faiths, represent a spiritual kinship, a bond beyond the immediate familiarity. To believe in the same thing as another, creates an unmatched connection which is the foundation for collaboration and advancement. We move forward because we move together for the same purpose, in a sense.

But when we look at religion today, do we just see a set of rules for a ‘sinless’ life? Regulations and commands of what to do and what not to do in order to secure a good afterlife in heaven? In order not to be punished and sent to hell to suffer for an eternity? Really? Is that all it comes down to?
Let’s do good things so we don’t go to hell? How is that moral in any way? Isn’t religion meant to teach morality, compassion, love and acceptance rather than fear?

And what happened to the metaphors? We have people all over the planet, believing that there’s a place in the clouds waiting for them after they die, but what if that, like all religious and mythological teachings, is too a metaphor?

Do good and you’ll go to Heaven.
Sin and you’ll go to Hell.

How about:
Do good and good will come to you, and you’ll feel good after.
Do bad things and you’ll feel horrible about it after, not to mention the vengeance and/or justice that would immediately befall you as a result of your actions.

Are those ideas trying to teach us that there’s such a thing as cause and effect? Perhaps this is just the contemporary slang for it, or I’ve gone mad, thinking that there might be a hidden meaning behind religious texts… right.

By saying all of this I don’t deny the existence of a Heaven or Hell, I simply try to understand concepts for which there is no physical proof. Or at least no physical proof on our frequency.

Is it possible that our world functions like a radio or a TV? With radios you get different frequencies or different stations – when you change the frequency from A to B, A doesn’t disappear, but we simply stop hearing it. Instead we can only hear station B. It’s the same for channels on TV, they don’t stop existing just because we’re not watching them. And we can’t watch or listen to one channel/station while we’re occupied with another.

In this sense, could our world be a layer of such frequencies, with us only existing on a specific one? Could those notions of Heaven and Hell and other realms actually be scientifically plausible if they existed on a different frequency?

the light spectrum

Another example could be light. A light spectrum is the many different wavelengths of energy produced by a light source. Light is measured in nanometers (nm), where each nanometer represents a wavelength of light or band of light energy. Visible light is the part of the spectrum from 380nm to 780nm, which make up a tiny fraction of the spectrum – we can’t physically perceive ultraviolet, x- and gamma rays, which are lower than 380nm, and neither can we see infrared, radar, FM, TV or AM waves (above 780nm). Sound is almost exactly the same – we simply can’t hear anything outside of the sonic range, anything below is infrasonic, and anything above is ultrasonic or even hypersonic.
And yet we are aware of these wavelengths, there is proof of them even though they are unperceivable. Can we become aware of new frequencies of existence in the same way with the right tools?

What if right now we are simply blind to something which is right in front of us, right under our noses, that we just haven’t realised we can perceive?

What if we are able to transcend the barriers of our physical bodies and consciousness by simply changing our own frequency? Our way of thinking? Our mindset?

Could we be truly unified? Cooperating, understanding, caring, and loving? Working together towards a higher purpose, a higher knowledge, a transcendence of sorts?

Try and imagine what we could achieve if we only stopped dividing ourselves – gender, race, nationality, language,… religion? How come religion, which is meant to be the most unifying factor of all end up as one of the most severely dividing one? And this isn’t even about the mistrust and downright hatred between different religions and faiths, this is about the subdivisions within a single faith such as Christianity – it is not just that anymore, you have to be specific when you refer to this religion as there are so many ‘denominations’ of it…
There’s Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, Restorationist, Nontrinitarian… It’s like each one is its own different religion. How can we say we’ve changed so much since ancient times, when, really, we haven’t changed one bit – everyone still believes whatever suits them best, with major disregard and/or denial of everyone else’s belief systems. “My Truth is the only Truth, and everyone else is just wrong”, is this what we truly believe?

How crazy is it that all those different religions and faiths are just the different sides to the same pyramid, all leading up to the same Truth? The Truth which is transcendent of all else?
In order to get where you want to go, you need to know where you are. There are countless ways to get to London for example but depending on where you are, those can vary drastically. In the same sense, religions and such could just be the different paths to the ultimate Truth that we are all aiming for. Why would we deny or accuse a path of being wrong, if it leads to the same place?

 

Mythologies nowadays are widely regarded as outdated, as ancient stories and fables with some moral value. They are in fact the results of cultural particularities; different territories, languages, population, habits, etc. Our ancestors told the stories in understandable terms, they made do with what they had in front of them to go by, what they knew from their own experience and surroundings. That makes general myths difficult to compare (although the well known Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, is told in almost the same form in Japan where it’s about the creators of the world, Izanami and Izanagi). This makes Creation stories much more appropriate for such an attempt of pointing out similarities hiding in plain sight for thousands of years.

illustration by Noah Macmillan, African Creation Myth

No matter who you are, where you’re from, how you live your life and whom/what you worship, you have come across or pondered at some point the notion of how everything began. Where did we come from, what made us exist, what made or world the way it is? It’s the type of story we should expect to hear most answers to, and yet as many Creation Myths and Stories of Genesis there are, they all build on the same basic concepts, regardless of where or when they were told.

The matter of Creation is probably one of the most significant questions contemplated, and further studied by scientists, since the dawn of humanity, and it may just be one of the most important things we have not yet fully understood.

“He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know. He who knows that he doesn’t know, knows. For in this context, to know is not to know. And not to know is to know.”
Power of Myth , p.55

 

feel the chaos

I wanted to continue trying out ways to use the marks more abstractly, without the ideas of male and female, but as a singularity.

The studies below are experiments with black and white and line. You need to feel the chaos, to create the chaos. So I created some dark infinite chaos, hoping to find the perfect way to represent the ideas in the right way.

In a way, they all work, but in a way neither of them does. The search continues. I think these will definitely be important at some point. At the moment they are more of a spin off of the main idea.

I’m eager to see what happens next time I sit down and draw.

infinity & chaos

 

 

developments

I wanted to do some more definitive studies and finalised images…

There’s a small dictionary of marks I made after I did the drawings, not for any particular reason.

I’m really pleased with these, and I think I’ll try some other geometric arrangements, go on a bigger scale – use A2 and A1 sheets of paper to illustrate all of them together… Then quickly move over to incorporating those concepts in the contexts of different myths.

 

chaos / nothingness

 

darkness / infinity

 

reflections, musings & developments

I won’t be talking much about the creation of the world in this presentation. However, it is a core part of my idea for a final project, or in a way, a series of projects, looking at and trying to point out the similarities in a number of Creation Myths.Slide3

There is something really interesting about them; almost every single one (if it hasn’t been too altered by its verbal format) starts with a notion of darkness, chaos, infinity, nothingness… often water and gooey primordial substance and very often…

an egg. Our ancestors had notions of the world and how it was created, no matter where or when they were from, what’s amazing is how the stories they came up with are so similar, and yet almost completely different – that’s the beauty of language and diversity.

Nowadays, with science doing the job creation myths used to, and religions being described in conflict with each other, no one knows what to believe anymore; there is not one religion that promotes violence, they all teach love, compassion, peace and cooperation.

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Education, 1890, by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios; stained glass window for Yale University’s Chittenden Hall

So how could that lead to conflict and misunderstanding? How long will it take for us to appreciate religion and faith for what they’re meant to be – an inspirational and unifying factor of our existence. Spirituality and faith are unique and tailored to the individual within the larger group, we understand what they represent for ourselves, in our own way. That is unique and yet unifying under the dome of a said faith.

But what about the higher knowledge, the mysteries, which myths convey for the open mind? I have chosen to delve into mythologies of various ends of the world and different points in time. I will be studying a handful of creation stories and attempting to unveil hidden meanings by extracting the deeper similarities of those myths and then illustrating the story in phases, so they can be juxtaposed and exposed for how much they are alike despite their different interpretations. I believe this could be deeply reflected into our own lives by the simple truth of it. I am not altering the myths but only bringing the attention to those details which could be proof of a collective consciousness, a unity we should all be striving towards as a kind, as a planet, in order to grow and continue experiencing this world… but i’m trailing off now, step back.

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At the beginning while I was in the process of coming up with ideas for what I could do, I started visualizing thoughts of a final piece. I think it always helps to have a bit of direction, but also to allow it to morph as you go along. I ended up doing more sketches of that than development work, and even though I was trying to think of the other, I kept going back to the final piece concepts, which evolved as my research went along. I’m sure that was key to helping me visualise the idea to chapterise the myths where each story is like a different prism for the same narrative. This example sketch I did was the most recent one, and probably the most reflective of where I feel my idea might end up.

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Considering I’ve been polishing my idea for a few months now, I had to do some developments, and so I had to start making some choices. What mythologies am I drawing from? Where do I start?

Initially, even though I was spending most of my time on my dissertation, I had the urge to get a few visuals down for later reference, if not just to clear my head space. That’s what led to this little study of a possible Nut and Geb depiction – I like the idea of them fitting together so I tried to recreate that straight away.

Then I thought I should go more simplistic, abstract even. The more simply I go about making an image, the more meaningful the marks become on their own.

At first there was Chaos. It was asleep in the Infinite Darkness.
And then it awoke…

To be honest, I panicked over the range of choices and went for Ancient Egyptian myth almost instinctively. There isn’t such a character in their stories but it was inspired by my fascination with the concept of the ‘Ogdoad’, the four primordial forces which existed before everything. They are the representations (4 male and 4 female aspects) of chaos, infinity, darkness and nothingness. This experimental piece is key to my whole project where the mark is representative of the meaning as much as the image itself.

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Primordial female concept of Chaos, Infinity, Darkness and Nothingness

So I ended up employing that idea to the actual story and the results were fascinating to me, as they were exactly what I’d conceived them to be but also much more…There is a lot more work to be done, so I’ll be focusing on that alone now; there’s quite a lot of Subject work I should be catching up on…

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