Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Challenge #2: Personal Mythologies


myth – n: 1. a legendary narrative that presents the beliefs of a people 2. an imaginary or unverifiable person or thing.

mythology – n: a body of myths.

We have all created myths about ourselves – stories that are imaginary and unverifiable. We have puffed ourselves up with stories of accomplishment and tore ourselves down with stories of lack. We have scripts and dialogues running through our heads reinforcing those myths.

What are your personal myths? What is your personal mythology? What are the stories that you have told yourself over and over to the point that you believe them and accept them?

Question your own mythology, and see if you can verify them.

Remember to post a link to your image in the comments.

9 comments:

Sarah said...

ooooh - interesting one!!

I doubt I'll get a chance to play during this week (heavy week at work), but I'll definitely aim to catch up at some point...

Eva said...

This is a good one! I am glad you are doing this challenge. Gets me back into my journaling.

iHanna said...

What a great prompt... though "i am" and my personal myths are sometimes the same or reversible in some ways... Am I really an artist, or is it my myth about me? It feels different on different days!

Kate said...

I'm with iHanna. . . Great prompt! I'm super excited to get to work and can't wait to post!

Erin Keane said...

"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." -Ray Bradbury

Thanks for posting these challenges!
I can't wait to see other responses.

http://art-is-try-artistry.blogspot.com/2011/03/personal-mythologies.html

Stacie said...

I'm enjoying these challenges! http://becomingvisible.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/jfj-personal-mythology-challenge/

NANCY LEFKO said...

This took a bit of thought...and then of course I had to find the time to create....hence, the reason I'm late :)

"Just Pretending"

n2art said...

Even later, I almost didn't join the fun but I figured later is better than never.

For my myth, I often say "I bring my sunshine with me b/c I never know what the weather will bring" but the truth is much more layered. This prompt also coincided with seeing Gauguin's Myth Maker exhibition in DC which I had to incorporate (see top corner).

http://michelleharrell.daportfolio.com/gallery/234692#16

Rafaelópezjr said...

This image (in yellow, orange and purple-the last image on the "faces" gallery) opens up to a list of positives and negatives and it asks the question:

Now if I only work on strengthening the positive, then am I really doing myself any favors?

http://www.rafaelopezjr.com/art-journal-pages.html