In comparison, Kensrue chose to focus on Daedalus’ perspective. Him and his son are imprisoned on the island of Crete, and Daedalus sees this as no life for his son. With his engineering skills, Daedalus fashions a set of wings for each from wax, string, and feathers from birds, and teaches his son to fly before they journey away from the island. What he seeks is for his son to get an opportunity at a real life, at a real beginning. What ends up happening is that he crashes into the sea and drowns, right in front of Daedalus’ eyes, a very striking end, instead.
The reason I was so interested in this story was the lack of distinction between beginning and end, or at least the lack of need to distinguish, as Daedalus’ new beginning for Icarus turns into his end instead. Similar to my bed/water pieces, which present images associated with both beginning and end together, I created a diptych based off of the myth that provides images that could represent both a beginning and an end, utilizing the image of a wing and a half-submerged figure in water.
(in progress shots below)
The wing can be read as freedom or beginning, but could also be read as an image of an angel, who typically is utilized to represent the afterlife, death, etcetera. Similarly, the submerged figure could be either sinking into or rising out of the water. This inability to identify an end or a beginning allows the piece to just be and serves to dissolve the differences constructed between the two entities.