In this series, I was intrigued by the development of narrative archetypes originating in fiction that affect our response to nonfictional situations. Upon further inquiry into mythological canons, I noticed certain tropes repeating for male and female figures. I found it interesting and troubling, as it limits understanding of the complexity of human qualities. I reinterpreted famous mythological hybrids to highlight the fictionality and “constructedness” of archetype.
It is up to individuals to accept or deny the “truth” of an archetype. The goal of this series is to remind viewers that verisimilitude exists in the stories we are told, in the stories we tell ourselves, and that the archetypes within them should be interrogated continually.
This series was exhibited as part of a group show "Array" on May 8, 2018 in Gallery 3 @ SJSU.