June 12, 2017 by smithartonline
Daedalus and Icarus is a small (8.5 X 12 inches) mixed media work on a Garzapapel watercolor paper support. Initially watercolor is laid down defining separate areas with various shades of color. After these general fields are defined, airbrushed acrylics are applied through various stencil materials to give texture and some identifiable symbols to the surface. Papers are collaged to further define areas and then airbrushed acrylic is employed to add more textures and figures. Finally, star studs, buttons and Dresden embossed paper images are applied.
The story of Daedalus and Icarus is one of those tales to which I return regularly. The story provides grist for a philosophical game, which, for me, results in the visual image. The observer is left to add personal reflection creating a unique and deeply personal experience.
A great deal of my inspiration comes from an interest in world mythology and folklore. The story is what is important. The story provides the young with a base in deportment and a philosophy of living…what is right and what is wrong. The story then morphs into history; both of a culture and of immediate family. The story connects with the past and prepares for the future.