'Deer Work: Myth and Metaphor'
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON,
Solo Show, August - October 1995.
Myths explain and validate beliefs, customs, rituals, and mysterious phenomena. "Myths serve to render intellectually and socially tolerable that which would otherwise be incoherent", says Carl Jung.
Karen Buck-Mackintosh's contemporary interpretations treat myths as psychological conditioners for events and behaviours that exist today. They strive to capsulate transformative and cyclic life processes in metaphor.
The deer is carcass/meat for consumptions, as well as spirit/visual essence. The work explores relationships between ancient myths and modern symbols concerning sustaining the environment and our place within it.