Ghostbusters. RIP Harold Ramis.
Authoritarian and professional, over confident and sexy every time. Except during other times.
Your Destiny Lies in Your Hands (for Hero Complex Gallery’s Imagined Worlds show).
18” x 24”, numbered edition of 25 giclée prints, $60. Available for purchase online following the show opening.
Hero Complex’s new show opens this Friday (Jan 17th), and they invited artists to explore the ‘imagined worlds’ of del Toro, Lynch, Gilliam, Kubrick and (Ridley) Scott. Now there are literally dozens of films I could have tackled for this show, but I kept coming back to Pan’s Labyrinth, which remains one of the most affecting movies I have ever seen. It’s heartbreaking and yet is such a wonderful work of art that it transcends the horrors it portrays, mirroring the arc of the main character, Ofelia (Ivana Baquero).
In this piece I wanted to try and capture the ‘three worlds’ of the movie, the ‘real’ world, the true fantasy world that Ophelia encounters (such as in the famous pale man scene), and also the connecting twilight world where we see the faun. It was also very important that Ofelia should be overlapping all three of these worlds.
If you’ve never listened to Guillermo’s commentary on the film then I strongly urge you to do so. It is utterly fascinating and incredibly inspiring.
The title of the piece is derived from the latin text carved into the labyrinth’s entrance, which apparently says “In your hands (in your decisions), lies your destiny.”