Chasing Icarus

Encaustic Lutradur

Daedelus' Gift

Daedelus' Gift

Encaustic, rusted Lutradur, pigment, wax-cast arm, leather

Daedelus Gift (detail)

Daedelus Gift (detail)

Encaustic, rusted Lutradur, pigment, wax-cast arm, leather

Icarus’ Sister

Icarus’ Sister

Encaustic, Lutradur, pigment, plaster

Liberty

Liberty

Encaustic, Lutradur, pigment

Artist Statement
 

Chasing Icarus explores the mythical Greek youth whose father built him a pair of wings, allowing escape from the Minotaur’s labyrinth where they were imprisoned.  Icarus’ father, Daedulus, warned him not to fly too close to the sun, as the heat would melt his wings of feathers and wax. We know the rest of the story...

 

As the parent of a teenaged boy and girl, I wrestled with Daedelus’ mythical challenge: When to watch my kids make their own decisions and experience the freedom and consequences of these? This series poses the challenging question: Where do a parent's responsibilities and attachments lie in guiding and protecting our children?

 

Icarus’ Sister considers the question:, if Icarus’ father, Daedalus, had sired a girl, would he have built wings for her escape from the labyrinth too? Would she, flying close to freedom and the Sun, have chosen the same course as her brother?