Zoe Catherine Kendall, artist, writer and human...


Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Cautionary Tales...

A narrative begins to emerge from a body of imagery. The imagery takes the form of paintings, drawings, words written and spoken, artifacts, even a diary. On first viewing there is a personal voice, on second and third viewing a universal story emerges... Tokens created by an artist and story teller can provide insights into a shared living experience, helping us to understand where we are now and where we are headed.


































Consider the use of the words I, we, you, us, them.... somehow they seem to all point to the same end. I represents the holding up of one corner of a larger story. I am holding up my corner of our great cultural flag using images, words and sounds that i have come across in a portion of lifetime. We are all part of a greater story and many of our small interjections on the world will unsurprisingly tell a very similar tale. If we live in the same time, under the same societal restraints with the same kinds of systems ruling our everyday lives, as peers, brothers, sisters, lovers, mothers and fathers and as artists conquering economy of means as much as individuals conquering art as a form of language then we are all responsible for holding up our corner of the flag, a story we must share and learn from. A cautionary tale some might say...













 


















In this body of work, images and words weave together to present worlds of meaning as reconstructions of living experiences and as an ever increasing puddle of personal and cultural memories. The story emerges as an emotional memory. The human emerges as an emotional medium and a knowledge conduit for the outcomes of any given life. These tales provide an environment in which we can grow, teach and learn about ourselves and everybody else. The human story, perhaps. I am holding up my corner...



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