Paradise Lost

Megan Turton
   
September
   
3
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September
   
28
Stories and mythology have always served to help us understand and negotiate the world around us.

INFORMATION

Growing up, my Grandfather read to me from “Paradise Lost.”  The illustrations of Gustave Dore and the lilting sound of my Grandfather’s voice was the moment I realized the power of art. Written in 1666 the only English epic, is an allegorical work following antihero Satan on his quest to destroy the newly created Earth. Using the characters of Satan, Adam, and Eve, Milton explores the way sin affects our lives and world and critiques the status quo. Stories and mythology have always served to help us understand and negotiate the world around us.  

What stories will we be telling in the future? Living in the Blue Mountains this last year has felt like a story from the bible. We have had fires, plague, and sickness; however, this harbinger of death is not an uncaring god, but unthoughtful humanity. In the vein of Milton, I’m using my art to reinterpret his work.  In retelling the story, I hope for a better ending than Adam and Eve. We are on the precipice of losing our paradise, through climate change, injustice, and indifference.          

 

Growing up, my Grandfather read to me from “Paradise Lost.”  The illustrations of Gustave Dore and the lilting sound of my Grandfather’s voice was the moment I realized the power of art. Written in 1666 the only English epic, is an allegorical work following antihero Satan on his quest to destroy the newly created Earth. Using the characters of Satan, Adam, and Eve, Milton explores the way sin affects our lives and world and critiques the status quo. Stories and mythology have always served to help us understand and negotiate the world around us.  

What stories will we be telling in the future? Living in the Blue Mountains this last year has felt like a story from the bible. We have had fires, plague, and sickness; however, this harbinger of death is not an uncaring god, but unthoughtful humanity. In the vein of Milton, I’m using my art to reinterpret his work.  In retelling the story, I hope for a better ending than Adam and Eve. We are on the precipice of losing our paradise, through climate change, injustice, and indifference.          

 

FEATURED WORKS

Megan Turton, Some, as thou saw’st, by violent stroke shall die, By fire, flood, famin, by intemperance more, 2020, .925 silver, 20 x 20 x 5 cm  
Megan Turton, In Meats and Drinks, which on the Earth shal bring Diseases dire, 2019, shakudo and .925 silver Mokume Gane,  .925 silver, and Copper, 5 x 7 x 1 cm
Megan Turton, And shook a dreadful Dart; What seem’d his head The likeness of a Kingly Crown had on, 2020, bones collected from animals killed in 2019 Gospher’s mountain fire, .925 silver, copper, 25 x 25 x 20 cm
Megan Turton, Subdue it, and throughout Dominion hold, 2020, bones collected from animals killed in 2019 Gospher’s mountain fire, .925 silver, 3 x 5 x 1 cm

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