Mythology in London
PRESS RELEASE: MYTHOLOGY IN LONDON. An Exhibition of Etchings by Anna Alcock at Tokarska Gallery
163 Forest Rd., Walthamstow,
London E17 6HE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8531 5419
15 March – 31 March 2012
Private View: 15 March 6-9pm
Opening Hours: 12-7pm
Anna Alcock is delighted to be showcasing a suite of etchings based on Classical Greek and Roman mythology at Tokarska Gallery. Tokarska Gallery in Forest Road is a few minutes from Inky Cuttlefish Studios where Alcock works and does her fine art printmaking.
Alcock’s love of stories and mythology started when she was young and continued to grow through her studies in South Africa when she majored in Classical Civilisations as part of her BA Fine Art (Hons) degree. She completed a MA Printmaking in London in 2004. Alcock exhibits regularly and her art are in private and public collections around the world.
The word ‘myth’ comes from the Greek word mythos which means speech, message or word. Myths are stories that would have originally been handed down from one generation to another orally. Most cultures have myths, which explained natural phenomenon or things that were of collective importance to culture and the human experience. Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud used mythology to identify archetypes of significance in human psychology. The Renaissance was marked by a rebirth of interest in Greek and Roman mythologies with their allegorical and moral lessons.
Alcock uses Greek and Roman mythological images and populates them with modern day narratives that are of significance to her living in London now. The exhibition will also include an exclusive bound suite of 15 etchings, which will be exhibited alongside etching collages and tabloids of myths with personal modern day stories that Alcock imbues with her unique style and bold colours.
By using Alcock’s experience in London and applying ancient Greek and Roman cultural thinking the theme of mythology is applied to everyday events for example the loss of status of bankers is illustrated by the myth of ‘Icarus’. Archetypes are found in our unconscious daily lives as shown in ‘Demeter’, the story of a mother’s search for her daughter ‘Persephone’ and the resulting winter of her grief.
For more information or images about the exhibition please email or call firstname.lastname@example.org 07753686331.
IMAGES — these are my proof images in preparing for the pieces that would be exhibited (some have changed dramatically in-between Janaury when I did my first proofs and the final versions that were exhibited):
Icarus 2012 (Etching A/P 20x20cm plate size)
Persephone 2012 (Etching A/P 20x20cm plate size)
Spring 2012 (Etching A/P 20x20cm plates size)