artistic themes V: fairy tale iconography

Figure 7.12:  Fatal Flaw (detail image)
Figure 7.12: Fatal Flaw (detail image)

Fairy tale imagery has appeared consistently in my artwork throughout the past few years.  My association has been instinctual—while working, storybook pages, text, or imagery simply fit with the atmosphere I was creating . I knew I had an internal association with fairy tales, and viewers inevitably have their own reactions, thoughts, and memories prompted by the ephemera of familiar children’s stories combined with contrasting imagery.

Until recently, I hadn’t fully explored my own associations with fairy tales.  However, as I look back through my works containing this familiar theme, my subconscious already had a fairly accurate understanding of how I intended these concepts to come across in my work.

It’s difficult to define exactly why I’m fascinated with fairly tale concepts and return to the theme again and again.  I have an innocent naivety within me that appreciates the simplicity of good always triumphing over evil, the restoration of justice during troubled times, the romance of true love, and the safety of happily ever after.

However, these are the same concepts that the disillusioned-adult-me finds disheartening and absurd.  In my artwork, I’m exploring this internal dichotomy of my childhood perceptions versus my adult perspective of these timeless themes as they relate and contrast with reality.

In real life, sometimes children get lost in the woods and never found, the fairy godmother never arrives, the evil queen continues her cruel reign, and it turns out–the prince is a monster.


5 Replies to “artistic themes V: fairy tale iconography”

  1. I think there’s also something to be said about the quality of the escape you can get from a fairytale. I love the art. I love fairy tale illustrations too, especially when they’re not what you’d expect.


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