Myth = ancient story Poesis = making
Mythopoesis = recreating and reimagining myths
There is a dual meaning to the word myth. On the one hand, it refers to the sacred stories of a culture, and on the other, it implies a falsehood. This dichotomy is implicit when we understand that a myth contains truth at its core, but when viewed at a literal level, it is false. For the power of myth is the ability to speak in non-literal ways. The language of myth is expressed in image and metaphor, symbolic languages that have the potency to reach across time and give voice to a wide range of human experiences.
As I enter into the imagined environments that museums create, my curiosity is ignited. Mythic stories abound, and I question if they are implying a literal or symbolic one. These imaginal stories are at times sacred and other times profane. They speak to a time and place in a distant and fantastic past. Some express and codify our beliefs in what we perceive as our origins, transporting us through time to glimpse the world as it once was, to the mythical time of our origins; in illo tempore. Others give voice to cultural narratives that were at one time held to be true, but now they raise more questions than answers.
As for me, they provide endless possibilities for mythopoetic reverie in image.