Reflective Mythologies: Portraits (re-mixed) explores personal myth-making and the re-imagining of identity. In this public work, Artist Christopher Burch has worked with twenty-five metro area youth from Craft Alliance, Metro High School, and Grand Center Arts Academy to examine the creation of personal mythologies as a means of self-affirmation, transformation, and empowerment. The project’s reflective surface examines the relationship between viewer and art work, drawing the viewer into the work as a participant in an ever-unfolding drama taking place on the Grand Center Public Art Wall (just south of Powell Symphony Hall).
“You must give birth to your images. They are waiting to be born.”
- Rainer Maria Rilke
It is the creative act that make us human. It is the dialogue between oneself and something else existing beyond the “everyday” - it breathes between the carver and the sculpture, between the painter and the painting, between the storyteller and the story, between the singer and the song, the dreamer and the dream, between humans and gods/goddesses - that keeps changing the world, bringing something new into being. We may call it art, other times ritual or prayer. Whether the context is religion, philosophy, psychology or art, the language is symbolic.
When we view myths purely through a contemporary lens we often overlook their symbolic significance and their impact on our daily life. We still have the magnificence of the stories, the tales of heroes and heroines, sacrifices and rebirths, but we lose the living truth that they spring from. Once we discover the connecting thread between the old myths and our lives, the stories of the gods and goddesses reveal new depths that provide understanding of our own experiences, instincts, and nature.