“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from the mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” Joseph Campbell in his seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)
Patrick Collier and Lee Pitman share a fascination with modern and classical mythologies. This collaborative installation explores the hero myth. Universal motifs of adventure and transformation are employed in a multi-faceted visual homage to Campbell’s concept of the ‘monomyth’, which has served as a cultural framework for countless contemporary narratives.
The intricately laser cut imagery of the sculptural rings are inspired by the Book of Revelations and the opening of the Seven Seals, bringing forth the Horsemen of Conquest, War, Famine, Death before the final end of the world.
Screen printed illustrations evoke the narrative of the hero’s adventure, depicting the archetypal characters and their gifts, knowledge and tests to be encountered along the way: the wise old man, the goddess, the trickster, herald and villain. Above looms the belly of the whale – an unknown void that threatens to swallow the hero but ultimately represents a sphere of rebirth.