Re-Imagined Naratives


Re-Imagined Narratives

Where does any significant journey begin? Certainly not at the beginning. No, that would be too easy.

In my final semester of study at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, B.C. I decided to create a series of sculptures inspired by my love of fairy tales. “The Emperor’s New Clothes” was one such piece. As I was working on him I began to see a correlation to the “Fool” in the higher arcana of the tarot. I decided to follow that line of reasoning and unbeknownst to me, I embarked on a creative journey that has lasted two decades.

I decided each piece in the unfolding series had to include a figure, must tell a tale from Western culture that relates to the tarot, and must have a moving component. The ring was imagined as the base or pedestal because rings have traditionally been symbols of power and authority while fairy tales were generally written for the disenfranchised.

My lifelong obsession and study of Jungian philosophy, myth, religion, fairy tales and folklore along with my research into meta and quantum physics is the core inspiration in my creative work. I believe that in our urge to tell stories we seek to give order and meaning to our lives, explain natural phenomena, the complexities of life, or understand the human condition. I regard the tarot as a tool for understanding the latter, rather than a fortune telling device.

Many of the characters in this body of work are influenced by someone from my personal life; a friend, a lover, a sister, a son. Archetypes that have grown, inspired and–better yet–challenged my beliefs.

I see Re-Imagined Narratives as the result of years of metal work training and my deep and abiding faith in magic, dreams, and a beneficent universe.  Twenty years has flown by because all time is now, especially when one is immersed in such an intense and satisfying creative process.

It is my sincere desire that you should have some fun as well in your viewing! Enjoy the journey, may it be radical, magical, heroic…

Shona Rae