Salish Zephyr, study
36" X 48" oil on canvas
Available from the studio
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Bound to a lonely island, offering an irresistible song to all, the winged Siren of Classical Greek mythology was suspended between land and water, life and death. She is known as the bringer of the zephyr and storm winds, and of knowledge: she understands the strange ways of “Thinair." The mythology of the Sirens – winged or finned – connects sea to land, land to air, and air back to sea. Found in the ceremonial art of ancient tombs, the winged Siren predates Homer by 5,000 years.
Writing has long been a integral part of Mark Heine's creative process. In the pursuit of his original artistic voice, Mark's writing has evolved to become the driving force behind his work and has led him to envision a world of his own creation. Sirens, the culmination of 35 years exploration, is inspired by the sea-nymphs, made famous in Homer's Odyssey. These underwater visions of mythological muse are rooted in the moments of an ongoing and developing fictional narrative. This complex narrative, involving human evolution and our natural environment, is the unifying conceptual thread that ties these surreal visions.