My work loosely draws on the subject of fairy-tale, but more importantly the escapism implied by such stories. The tales encourage a journey and typically we use this for problem solving in our everday lives. However, more extreme versions of 'escape' allows us to enter into, not so much a perfect 'happily ever after' world, but simply an alternative one.
Art is escapist and escapism, positive or negative, is, in itself, inescapable and I believe that my work provides me with a continuous means to do so. As an ornament in a harsh reality, there are times when we cannot help but take a 'bite' from our own 'poisoned apples' and encounter the consequences.
"Don't Worry 'Bee' Happy" is almost a description of an escape into in area of the imagination and the idea that we use strange and abstract scenarios within our imaginations in order to find solutions to the problems we face in reality is of great interest to me, especially when considering it is the role of story-telling which has perhaps fed this.
Running away from something, literally ensures we are running towards something else.
As human beings we are consumed with curiosity and escapism allows us to satisfy this. It allows us to explore (in some cases) a 'better' life as well as an improved self.
Fairy tales remain a common area of research within the art world because highlighting an unfamiliar and unexplored world continues to be both exciting and appealing. Whether frowned upon or embraced, escapism is an important part of reality in terms of its detachment from it - forcing us into a world that is always just beyond our reach.
May 20, 2012
May 22, 2012
bees, environment, escapism, insects, landscape, people, wasps, Original Painting, original art, Vikki Hastings