Found Object Mythology- Creating Lore and Legends from the Everyday: A Workshop with Michael deMeng
Thursday, Oct 17 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm PDT. copy to my calendar, iCal export
Port Townsend School of Arts 201 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368, USA (map)

Of all the things in this wide, wild world, I have found myths and legends to be the most inspirational source material. My first introduction came in movies like Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts--stop animation films filled with wondrously strange worlds abounding with odd entities such as multi-armed deities, cyclopean beasts, and snake-headed gorgons. After that I was hooked. I read everything I could on the topic…no matter the culture. Many years later as an adult, I am still drawn to these concepts. Artistically, I have found these tales wonderful springboards for creativity. After all, artistic expression like many heroic tales is a journey into the unknown; the artist’s job is to go to secret land and retrieve something magical to share. So your task for this class is to pick a myth or legend…any myth from any culture (preferably one that inspires or fascinates you). Next, using found objects and discarded toys, you will create a piece of art that embodies the tale of your choosing. You could focus on a character (like Zeus or Shiva or Quetzalcoatl) or tell a story (like Pandora’s box). As for presentation I will leave it up to you…it could be a free-standing sculpture, or something that hangs on the wall. You definitely want to come to this class…otherwise you’ll be myth-ing out.