California Mythos 2020
The California Mythos series takes inspiration from local maritime history and the diverse mythologies that have influenced Southern California. Named after a fictional Arabic island in a popular 16th c. Spanish novel, California has always been at the crossroads of East and West. For over 400 years, from Spanish galleons to corporate freighters, ships have carried treasures to SoCal’s shore. Alongside silks, spices, and ceramics, ships’ holds have transported mystic tales from faraway lands. Over time these mythologies converged, and their deities settled in the deep offshore canyons of Santa Monica Bay, subtly influencing California’s culture, waiting for the day they would rise and be seen.
The series of paintings shown at La Luz de Jesus' Ogdoag, explores the cyclical nature of history and culture and the apparent shift of cultural dominance eastward along the ancient trade routes and newly revitalized infrastructure of the silk road.