"Ethereal Fauna: The Artist’s Muse 2011" at H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art of Carthage College is a continued investigation by Chicago area artists of the inner animal muse within each of us. Artists have created unique metaphorical portraits of his/her animal spirit, or that of another person, place, thing, or even society as a whole.
Our program attempts to reach beyond the traditional sphere of reality through imaginary forms. The exhibition tests perceived limitations of the self through fantastic images. Through this investigation, artists have expanded on the inner and outer boundaries of geography, ethnicity, tradition, media or other perceived limitations.
"Ethereal Fauna" contemplates each artist's interpretation of the inner animal as it reflects on our perceived reality and illuminates us by creating a dialogue between our consciousness and the animal nature of our inner world.
"Ethereal Fauna" interacts both virtually and physically among the participating artists and audience.
Virtually -- as a Web-based archive of the artists and their works.
Physically -- as a unique presentation of a shared media and a shared matrix.
The installation unifies the dialogue of all the artists' experiments.
The exploratory use of recyclable, translucent, Yupo synthetic paper is the common physical forum that becomes a unique environmental habitat, akin to the pages from a fantastic zoological manuscript.