MELANCHOLIA

 

Category

Fine Arts

Cyanotype | Clay

Carried out at

DSAA Textile Design

E.S.AA.T.

Tutors

Marianne Bernecker | Course Founder-Leader

Laurent Schavey | Course Founder-Leader

Hervé Crespel | Course Founder-Leader 

Solange Thiry | Senior Lecturer 

Location
Roubaix  —  France


Date
2017
  —  2018

The myth of the wild natural age.

 

In any civilization or ethnicity, there is a primordial history, a genesis, a cosmogonic myth. As a model for all the myths of origin, it describes the creation of a world before all others.

"Myth, as a history of origins, has an essential function of establishment; there is myth only if the founding event has no place in history, but in a time before history." Paul Ricoeur, 2013.  For most of the civilizations, the goddess "Mother Earth" is one of the first creature emerging from the Chaos, during the creation of the universe. 

In Greek mythology, we call it Gaïa, but she is designated under different names according to the other languages : Magna Mater, Grande Madre, Mother Goddess, etc. She refers to various cults that would have been rendered to a « universal mother » from the Paleolithic to today. These cults, in which the figure of the woman would have held a great place and assumed a sacred dimension, would have consisted essentially in a veneration of the Earth and fertility. They also refer to the Tree of life. Universal archetype of the symbolic dimension of Humanity.

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Cyanotypes with forest plants | Paper: 300g Format: 80 cm x 50 cm.

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Vegetal print on natural clay Format: 30 cm x 20 cm.