Anthony Carroll BA (Hons)
Artist and Gallery Director
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My present work is dealing with the subjectivity of the individual in conjunction with the objectivity of authority. I have to ask whether authorities objectivity can justify any breach on the individuals subjectivity, given that individuals as a collective whole, voluntarily gives authority the right to govern. Mood, atmosphere, symbolism and narrative play an important part in which I explore any breach of this framework by authority or individuals that create an afront to 'I' as the individual and thus a breach of that bond to society as a whole.
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Odyssey is an ancient Greek term to mean a journey best exemplified in the writings of the philosopher ‘Homer’ in his chronicles on the journey of ‘Odysseus’ to his home in Ithaca following the Trojan wars. Partly based on myth and legends the series comprises of a set of paintings in which each is a work in its own right but also takes the viewer into the next on a journey through the mind to find that which is unattainable. Used in a contemporary form it appears to be a dark morbid story of death but in actuality it is a love story showing the extent to which our hero`s would go through to be reunited with the ones they love. In the case of ‘Odysseus’ he endured years of wanderings in which he entered the Underworld to consult the ‘Oracle’ for directions home, however his single mindedness is surpassed by the story of ‘Orpheus’ who, following the death of his wife ‘Eurydice’ passed through the portal of no return to implore of ‘Hades’ himself for the return of ‘Eurydice’. Whilst the paintings may initially seem dark and foreboding they are full of deeply buried symbolism and images that gradually reveal themselves. The reference to Orpheus and Odysseus is used as a metaphor of a journey, the interpretation of the artwork is in the mind of the viewer, providing a platform on which to embark on their own personal Odyssey.
Why me? explores the subjectivity of the individual in conjunction with the objectivity of authority in which the right we bestow upon authority to govern us as a society has to be balanced by the rights of the individual. Failure or transgression by authority would justifiably cause us to ask as a society “Why me?”