Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Argonauts' Boot

Wow~ ! isn't this incredible! 
I came across this painted worker's boot and was completely entranced. 

The link between the contemporary and classical visual motifs is wonderful. I especially love the use of an old workers' boot, as it really captures the appearance of a hard, well traveled journey. 
This notion of the journey is paralleled with the imagery of Jason and the Argonauts (or Jason and the Golden Fleece) and is literally emphasizing the epic tale of life's challenges. The ode to Ancient Greek mythology (through styling) creates an overwhelming sense of wonder and opulence, transforming a commonly disregarded object into something a little more mystical.

 .....unfortunately there was no artist name attached, only that it was on display at the Anna Pappas Gallery in Prahran. 


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