Creation Myths: More Art in the Garage
This exhibit opened in our garage gallery on June 15, 2013.
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While many creation myths read as fairy stories of cultures past, still they can touch on some serious current issues. In particular, I did a lot of thinking about the conflict of the Big Bang theory with the six-seven-or-eight (depending on which one you’re reading) days of creation by the one God promulgated by Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. There are some who would claim this scientific theory is a heresy that argues against the existence of God. There are some devout who would claim that the evidence for the Big Bang theory only describes in fuller detail the unimaginable glory that is the power of God, and that the seven days are more of an allegory than literal. And this debate touches on everyday aspects of our lives in the realm of the political and educational.
A common theme I noticed during my research was the one of human reproduction, male and female, either literal or symbolic. It is not surprising that these are terms humans would use to imagine the creation of everything, since it is how we create more of ourselves. It felt more personal, though, while I was committing these images to paper, since I was recovering from emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy from only a few weeks ago. It made the act of artistic creation rather more surreal and visceral than I usually find it.
Buddha would tell you that conjecture regarding the origin of creation is irrelevant, but I find I enjoy the tickle at the back of the mind where the stories and allegories rising from different cultures touch on the struggle to define things we can never really know, or, if you’ll excuse the choice of words, conceive of.
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