The drive of my practice comes from my interests in myths. A myth is an attempted to explain the human condition, a peek behind the curtain of humanity. Myths’ original purpose was to explain that which our ancestors didn’t understand. Phenomena such as the rising and setting of the sun, love, lust, death.
In my practice, I refer to them in order to explore my experiences related to myths, their encounter with our inner selves. I translate these into abstract and intuitive creations which range from drawing to video. The aspects that myths describe have become evident and neglected. By introducing them in my practice, I use specific references in order to open us up again to the wonder which is verbally solidified in myths.

Instead of approaching the carrier as a mirror of reality, I treat it as a surface to put material on. Rather than pictorial images, they are marks or stains that are created by forming and breaking the material, letting them form their own composition. By doing so, I not only attempt to translate the essential parts of the human experience as described in myths, but also focus on an exploration of what the essentials of the material and the medium really mean. 

 

Hamadrayds
During the spring of 2018, I started wandering through forests and wondered what attracted me to the silence and feeling of the woods. It feels alive with spirit and secret, shifting all the time yet retaining a sense of calm and security. It is an ethereal space where time and history stands still while at the same time captures it.

To translate these senses, I decided to visualise them through the eight “hamadryads”. These were the archetypal wood nymphs of Greek myth, spirits inhabiting the forest and their specific trees. Each of the eight works consists of one of my typical “marks” or “stains” on paper, representing a specific hamadryad. Three of the works on paper are shown with a video projection, where a smoke-like environment enriches the spirits with a soul and enhance the ethereality of the work. One of the stains is placed on a photo-print, furthering my research of the medium. 

Together, they form a divine image of the natural divine.

Dilum Coppens
Morea - part of Hamadrayds
Dilum Coppens
Kraneia - part of Hamadrayds
Dilum Coppens
Ptelea - part of Hamadrayds, with projection
Dilum Coppens
Ampelos - part of Hamadrayds, with projection
Dilum Coppens
Karya - part of Hamadrayds
Dilum Coppens
Balanos - part of Hamadrayds
Dilum Coppens
Aigeiros - part of Hamadrayds, with projection
Dilum Coppens
Syke - part of Hamadrayds

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