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Bowen Walker

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Mythopoesis -n, the composition or making of myths. 2012.

My life has been defined by the stories of myths and legends. I was raised on the tales of Tolkien, Brian Jaques, Philip Pulman, Hesiod, and Homer. I cannot look at the world and not see gods, heroes, monsters and warriors. These archetypal characters still have the power to inform and define our world in ways that other metaphors lack. They are timeless and universal, while remaining intensely personal and intimate, hailing from the backwaters of our minds.

The beauty of myth is its ability to be endlessly created and recreated, changing in appearance but never losing its impact. These characters that I’ve created are a synthesis of ideas, people, stories and memories from all corners of my life. While my life is by no means mythical, I have attempted to present my experiences through the lens of myth; these characters are archetypal interpretations of my life. Presented not as the people that inspired them, but as heroes, gods and inhabitants of humanity’s dreamscape—a personal mythopoesis.

 
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Pamela Burson

Enjoyed these characters in your display – it was as if they could reach right out and speak or as my imagination permits – walk along side me while viewing other gallery exhibits. Very intriguing and impressive craftsmanship! Thank you for helping the viewer tap into their imaginative mythology.

6 years ago
 
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