THE TALES WE TELL
Fairy-tales Revisited - The Search For Timeless Stories
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The Emperor's New Clothes

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Goldielocks and the Three Bears

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The Princess and the Pea

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The Little Mermaid

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Cinderella

The Tales We Tell is an on-going series of digital collages digging for visual clues that can unlock yet another layer of understanding in classic fairy tales such as The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, Goldielocks and the Three Bears, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Cinderella. Seeped in bejeweled colors and relying on bare-bones compositional elements, this conceptual illustration series takes its cues from the traveling art exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World organized by Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

While Dread & Delight explores the idea that there are unsettling lurkers just below the surface in most fairytales, including questions of race and gender and issues of marginalization which can be made visible through a wide range of mediums, including photography, video, paintings and sculptures, The Tales We Tell leans into the obvious on purpose, yet, it offers a fresh perspective. By eschewing princesses and kings and little girls and maids and witches in favor of mirrors, slippers, apples, beds, hooks, and fishtales wrapped in flowers and floating serenely in vibrant shades of green, these collages dig deep searching for what is truly timeless, much like nature, everpresent and relatable to any and all beyond the social-racial-gender justice point of view that is presently challenging traditional thinking regarding fairytales in particular and art in general.

  • Visual Influences

Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World - exhibition organized by Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina.

Conceptual Illustration - a complex and multifaceted endeavor that involves idea development through methods, drawing, 2D design priciples, cultural references and stylistic choices positioned in context to the audience.