In most fairy tales, there is, as Marina Warner writes in her book “ Once Upon a Time: a Short History of Fairy Tale” an “honest harshness” and a “wishful hoping.” weaved throughout the story. Fairy tales often depict the hardest challenges we face as human beings and the possibility of alternate ways to maneuver out or through complicated scenarios within the story. To find that path the characters often have to endure hardships and ultimately find their inner strength to overcome challenges whether it is a fire-breathing dragon, an evil witch, or cruel step sisters. The stories in fairy tales inhabit a place in our subconscious that makes sense out of the obscure and turns symbolism into a kind of roadmap to navigate our emotional world.
In my new work, I am tapping into the conceptual idea of fairy tales where fantasy is knocking at the door of reality. It is an awakening of the truth that we are all in a constant state of transition and growth. The world lived in as children when your stuffed animal was alive, bigger than life, and you saw the world as limitless, starts to morph into a different reality. You become part of what you once were and who you are becoming. In old German, the word "Mär" means little story." Together with the common beginning "Once upon a time" it means a fairy tale was originally a little story from long ago when magic was still real. So excuse me as I go fight my dragons, while sitting in a field of poppies, smelling their sweet scent and being carried away to Never Neverland.