The Folly of Prometheus, 2020
Mixed Media collage on Antique Book Covers
13 x 52 in
The snake annually sheds its skin a symbol renewal and rebirth, the two heads offer their omniscience. This piece reimagines Prometheus the Titan who stole the gift of fire from Mt Olympus to bestow to mankind. This theme or idea of stolen knowledge is also synonymous with Eve who was cast out for Eden for eating from the tree of knowledge. an image of Pandora beckons to Prometheus from across a chaotic landscape. A vastness that will soon be illuminated by the flame of knowledge, that though Prometheus may hold his breath through that first fearful step that his true reward will reveal itself, the knowledge of no longer fearing what he had perceived as the unknowable. That this simple tool of fire and act of thievery could create such a radical paradigm shift really inspired me to retell this story. It seems relevant now more than ever in this age of 'post truth' and false narratives peddled by our Government and right-wing conspiracy theorists. Whistleblowers and journalists are our Prometheus' stealing knowledge and sharing it with the public. Lighting the way through the morass of swamp torching false idols and prophets along the way with the power of truth.