|About the Set.
This set is inspired Gothic design, dreams, myths and symbolism.
Please note that the roll-overs in the set do not go anywhere.
They are there strictly for display so you can see how the roll-over looks.
I won't go into everything about this interface, but I will share with you some of my thoughts that went into making it. I wanted an image that would evoke feelings of loneliness, abandonment and death. For this I used the alley of trees with the snow on the ground. The alley also gives the sense of a tunnel and hence what people often claim to experience when they die. It also suggested a sense of hope with a light at the end of the tunnel. From death comes life, and it is this theme that I hoped to capture and which the spring flowers the statue holds in the foreground suggests.
At the end of the tunnel of trees is a altar and meant to represent sacrifice and faith. The electricity about it is meant to symbolize the spirit. I used red because it is the color of the life-blood and of course might be shed at death depending on the death. Yellow I used to give more light in the darkness. In fact, this piece focuses alot on light which can be found like treasures all over it. The statue to the left as well as the pillar to the right both represent guardians and are also male and female energies, respectively. I used alot of mouse overs in this piece putting little words to be found all over it, much like a pop-up book.
The work is meant to have a dream like quality to it. The pillar is like the trees and meant to reinforce that as well as function as a supportive structure. Unlike the trees, the pillar has no roots. I was also drawing upon the symbolism and myths surrounding trees with the pillar meant to suggest the One Tree. As the scrapes of writting suggest, it is also meant to have an intense romancistism about it as well. There is much more that the work symbolizes and I invite you to analyze it for yourself.
I won't usually analyze my work in writting here. It seems to be a rare thing to see an artist do and thought it might be helpful if I shared some of what went into the images I chose.
If you are interested in knowing more about symbolism and myths, I would direct you to the writings of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell among others.