Damien Kamholtz | Boats Like Feathers

Posted: 11 Jul 2012

I started out in search of ordinary things
I started telling the story without knowing the end
I used to be darker, then I got lighter, then I got darker again

Bill Callahan

The mythological figure of Icarus has long been a source of inspiration for Damien Kamholtz. The ancient Greek youth's fatal flight too close to the sun serves as a symbol for the unfiltered openness of the child in marked contrast to the maturity and experience of his grieving farther Daedalus. The works in this latest exhibition by Damien Kamholtz seek to reconnect the adult mind with the inner child by using deliberately ambiguous imagery speaking to our emotions rather than our intellect.

These figurative works feature subtly illustrated winged creatures, children seeking to escape with self made crowns and boats journeying through milky white oceans of symbolism. Much can be made from these characters, which is why Damien's work is so rewarding over time. Yet it is plain to see the conversation between adult and child travelling on a journey to witness the same glorious freedom Icarus experienced before his downfall. A parallel can be drawn with the modern day parent and Daedalus, looking on at our children and their imaginative journeys that seem perplexing but beautiful in their genuine emotive escape.

Boats Like Feathers brings together the child and adult in a soft and vibrant world of narrative and metaphor evoked through Damien Kamholtz's incredibly detailed and warm work, rich with a story unique to each viewer if they are willing to take part in the journey.

Exhibition runs 18 July - 4 August 2012

Image: Damien Kamholtz, Paper Thin, mixed media on canvas 200 x 150cm


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