This piece has been a long journey for me. The idea started as a regular maze and slowly developed into this maze of doors. I think I got stuck on doors because they can be so distinct and personal. Every door you come to in life may contain an opportunity. "Will you be welcomed?" "Is there someone there that already knows you, and is waiting to greet you?" "Or, will you be met with hostility or perhaps no reply at all?" (and that is just thinking within the context of people behind the doors) What if they were just . . . there? One stacked on the next and it may lead to somewhere or nowhere, what then? I thought of this extensively in the context of "Ariadne", who according to the greek myth is the one tasked with taking care of the maze (or at least someone that has knowledge of the maze). My thought was that if these doors were arranged in a column, one stacked on the next, what a challenge and hazard it would be just to climb from one to the next - and then... ... more doors? a corridor? someone? This is my allegory to the uncertainty of life: we live it, but the more you think about it, we have so little of our own control over it. Life can become dizzying with uncertainty and too many choices.
In life, what do we choose?
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it." - Matthew 7:13-14
Ariadne : Dimensions (18"H x 24"W x 4"D) : Price $2600 USD
Material - Forton MG (fortified plaster) acrylic and oil paint