My Mythos – A study of my personal mythologies related to western idealism found in Manifest Destiny and Greek myths like the Temple of Vesta. The Creative Outlet project was developed by starting with an electrical outlet and incorporating it into a piece. The Queen or God Save the Queen aptly identified with a coat of arms behind her and she is rendered as the protective mother.
Manifest Destiny – Manifest Destiny, a phrase coined in 1845, expressed the philosophy that drove 19th-century U.S. territorial expansion. Manifest Destiny held that the United States was destined—by God, its advocates believed—to expand its dominion and spread democracy and capitalism across the entire North American continent.
My idea was to show conflict and how it goes down as a storybook romance about the West and we don’t see all of the bloodshed and destruction of land and native peoples.
Temple of Vesta – Containing the sacred fire and the Palladium, an effigy of Athene (Minerva) believed to have been brought by Aeneas from Troy, this ancient temple was built in imitation of a primitive round hut, its hearth fire symbolizing the perpetuity of the Roman State. Vesta is the goddess of the household hearth. As the handmaidens of Vesta, the principal duty of the six Vestals was never to allow the flame to be extinguished, an arduous task in a building with a vent in the roof. There also was danger that the temple, itself, might catch fire, which it sometimes did.
I wanted to portray Vesta anthropomorphically as the temple or building itself with a face and hands reaching up in support. The firefighters represent the Vestal virgins who not only keep the fire burning, but put out the fires once they rage out of control.