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the critics of icarus

artwork design by trinity behrends concept & text by trinity behrends by trinity behrends

the critics of icarus

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Years ago... I did a large series of work based on the mythology of Icarus.

I was young and thought I knew what advice to heed and likewise, which advice to ignore...

Icaruswe all know the tale.

How he ignored reason and fatherly advice.

He became over-zealous in his construction of wings.

Meticulously designed wings made through hours of chasing birds for defeathering.

Pillaging honey hives for beeswax. The smell of melted wax and burnt feather coming from his workshop until deep into the night.

And for all of his bipolar energies, came lovely, lofty, sugar-scented wings. Astronautical wings.

Imagine the churning in the stomach, the flush of adrenaline to the heart as he rose above trees and rivers and mountain.

With the wind in his face and his shadow below, was Icarus so bad to take to the skies?

Keeping yourself grounded for the sake of the committee, the nay-sayers, the criticsis that really the lesson?

Is this what I want to take away? Instead, maybe I need some inspiration to build an instrument of soaring perfection.

Perhaps the cautionary tale is knowing that the price may be melted wings...

...and taking flight anyway.

the critics of icarus

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Trinity Artwork: Critics of Icarus