Part Three of “The Hero’s Journey”: Transformation
You may recall that in my last blog post I talked about Section 2, “Solitude/Under the Microscope,” and how the theme moves from outward and tangible to inward and emotional.
Section 3, “Transformation,” moves from inner reflections and struggles to a joyful epiphany and heightened sense of self.
Imagine a chrysalis locked in darkness with nothing but its thoughts for company. After a period of time that chrysalis, refined and tested, bursts into its full potential as a butterfly.
Bursts and Waves of Color
Have you ever struggled with a problem or a situation – perhaps for months or even years – before experiencing an incredible release when a realization hits you? Or perhaps your situation changes, freeing you from previous thoughts or obligations.
Self-discovery is a part of transformation. It can come in many varieties: ebullient and overflowing, serene and peaceful, and almost anything between.
I see these different kinds of epiphanies reflected in energy, texture and color alike. Wave-like and spray-like formations are a common element in this section.
A showering of gold may be a galaxy representing the infinite possibilities your future holds (see “Aether”, below). A crescendo of deep blue waves may reflect a heightened resolve and the peace that comes with it.
Color is fascinating in that it has strong associations for all of us, and often those associations can vary based on our personal experiences. I invite you to look at the pieces in this section closely and see what your first, instinctive impression is.
Path to Enlightenment
Transformation doesn’t always happen in a flash. The mood and shapes in some of these pieces suggest deliberation, or a slower passage of time. A winding, dreamlike cliffside (or is it a cave?) leads to a waterfall that conceals a revelation in store just for you.
This is still the Hero’s Journey, and the journey continues onward even after we’ve left all that is familiar. Like Dante in his “Divine Comedy”, perhaps we have left the mortal world but are still looking at recognizable scenery. Or perhaps we are in a completely new dimension where none of the laws of physics hold. It’s ultimately up to you – the viewer.
A Dreamlike Escape
Transformation isn’t always philosophical or life-changing, either. While one viewer may see personal revelation in the form of rising peaks and glittering explosions, another may just as well a dreamland: a place that inspires and provides a retreat from the mundane.
A sense of imagination will carry you far through the rigors of life. I want my artworks to be places of retreat and
rejuvenation – portals to another world you can enter at any time you need.