The creator of the Myth of the Incomplete Self exhibition will reveal the meaning behind the mysterious symbols in display and their connection to ancient spiritual iconography. He will talk about his creative process, the project’s history, showcase the art in exhibition, and discuss the unique concept of fictional mythology design as an art form. The work, created between 2016 and 2018 in Flagstaff and Italy, offers us a beautiful and delicate mythology of contemporary origin, in which the artist directly addresses the core of the human structure: our incompleteness. The artist approaches the theme with timeless metaphor and clarity, as we seek answers in these times of concern about the consequences of humanity’s unquenchable desire for more.
Artist Talk: The Incomplete Creature
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The Incomplete Creature
Artist talk by Rodrigo de Toledo about the Myth of the Incomplete Self exhibition
About the presenter: Rodrigo de Toledo is a Brazilian-American contemporary artist, designer, and visual communication full Professor at Northern Arizona University. Since 1990, his whimsical imaginary world has been exhibited around the globe in museums, galleries, festivals, and the media. Inspired by ancient mystical icons, mythological archetypes, Jungian psychology, and cartoons, his work explores questions of identity and spirituality, as well the media’s effect on personal memory and fantasy. In the past decade, he has focused on the design of a personal mythology and its visual iconography—an inner research that he describes as psycho-archeology. De Toledo employs a surreal pop visual style in cross-media blends of digital imaging, graphic novels, painting, interactivity, installation, and animation.