F A B L E
Fables have always had a powerful place in the human imagination and storytelling. Throughout human history, we have visually referenced animals and imagined creatures in heraldry, totem poles, and flags as a symbols of nations, power, and identity. World religions from Christianity and Hinduism to pagan traditions use myths and storytelling to explain the human condition and the divine.
I asked what fables and memes do we have in contemporary times? Could these ancient archetypes of animals give those fables and memes new context? Maybe the lion or the wolf – ancient animal symbols in many cultures – can have new meanings next to our current political and social climate. Maybe duckface isn’t just a style of Instagram photography. Perhaps text messaging icons could be a part of storytelling. What would these stories mean if women inhabited these stories- considering the current socio-political feminist climate in America today? The resulting works create female characters imbued with powerful animal iconography to arrive at new speculative modern myths.