Stone of Damocles
The foreground objects are placed on the lower part of the picture. On the upper parts of the background, big stones appear abruptly in the darkness. The foreground object are Greek sculptures scanned from postcards. Through my subjective involvement during the mechanical scanning, I have given these statues the dynamics of growing. When our sight move along the statue upward, suddenly, a henge of huge stones fall from heaven. It seems like our fate is suddenly crossing our fortitude to upward road. Fate of Gods, fate of human being are one of the eternal themes of Greek philosophy, drama and arts. The fate like the sword of Damocles, it is always hanging on everyone's head, even if the gods can not escape from it. We can struggling against it, but as time passes, we are slowly moving toward to our final fate, or fate suddenly is hurled onto us. Confronted with fate, we are always struggling between resistance and obedience. This sense of fatalism and crisis is one of the feelings I want to convey in this series.
In the story of the Buddha, there is such a metaphor: The whole Sumeru Mountain in a mustard seed. The metaphor tells to put the highest mountain Sumeru into a small seed, it is just fit. And when I created the background, I uses grains of ores. On the scanned pictures, the grains of ore looks likes magnificent and changing nebula and the universe. The scanner allows me to capture the details that are overlooked by the human eye. I am surprised at such a wonderful link between micro and macro world. It is in unison of the Buddha metaphor.
This series of works present a theme of western myth, but when I chose the ore, I have had broader association.
For example: in my work Aphrodite, the big ore on background is Malachit. The Chinese name of "malachite" means a "wife’s happiness." In the Greek myth, Aphrodite who in charge of Eros, can not use the advantage of her own power. Because she cannot obtain her true love by the teasing of her fate of tease, human being’s love and happiness cannot be sound as well.
In another work, Laocoon, the red ore is Realgar. The ancient Chinese believed that the Realgar can expel snake. In the background, I also placed ambers containing centipede, which forms more drama tension in the picture.
In the work Hades robbery Persephone, the big piece of ore is Granat. The the myth, Persephone as the Goddess of Harvest has to eat Granate and returns to underworld every six months.
"This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward
the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single
catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in
front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and
make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise;
it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no
longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to
which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows
skyward. This storm is what we call progress."
Walter Benjamin “Theses on the Philosophy of History”