Why Rococo? Why Dionyus?
In Greek mythology Dionysus, worshipped as early as 1500 BCE, was the God of wine, fertility, ecstasy, and all those other things that go along with frivolity and excess. Dionysus’ sacred animals were the panther, leopard, tiger, bull, horse, goat, donkey, and serpent.
Rococo painting, which originated in early 18th century Paris, embraced similar concepts. The artists focused on pastoral or boudoir tableaus populated by carefree aristocrats, performers, and farm folk who drink, sing, and cavort. These characters live in a world of amorous encounters and lighthearted youthful revelry, all idyllically portrayed using pastels and soft lines.
Although the myth of Dionysus and the Rococo art movement are separated by centuries, conceptually they are very similar. So why not marry the two and create a new narrative? Why not imagine what it would be like if the Dionysus myth were told in 18th century AD rather than 17th century BCE? In France instead of Greece?
Since the beginning of time, humans have been telling the same stories over and over again. With “The Children of Dionysus” Elizabeth hopes to tell another old story in a new way.
On display at ZaPow Gallery through September 8th. 150 Coxe Ave Suite 101, Asheville, NC, 28801.