Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Stories About The Sea

One of my enduring loves is folk and fairy tales. Many of the original stories were ambiguous and often very dark. Many had elements which our near ancestors found unpalatable and so were changed or omitted from later versions.

This evolution is an interesting thing in itself. Each generation seems to develop its own take on them, reinventing what is currently relevant to it and morphing it into something new. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in folk tales and what they have to tell us and I think this whole notion is something I'm playing with more and more in my artwork.

Incidentally, one of the best books I have read on the cultural significance of fairy tales is Clarissa Pinkola Estes' Women Who Run With The Wolves. If you're at all interested in this subject I highly recommend it.

2 comments:

  1. I have to come up with something else to say besides "I LOVE IT"...but it's true! I do!...Fran your art and imagination always impresses me!...I love the colors...the fish...the baby...the halo...it's all grand!

    You have an amazing ability to throw so many different things together and get great composition!

    Kat ;o)

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  2. I love the darker side of fairy tales. I also know several people whom I am convinced are changelings!

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