Ode to Hephaestus
Medium:Carbon Pigment Print
A photograph of a person with a paper mache-looking mask on their face. The mask is lumpy and colorful.
"These portraits represent the duality of human beings. We are all comprised of two parts: The Surface and The Core. The self we present to our peers makes up The Surface. The thoughts, feelings, and inner existence we hide from the world around us are The Core. The additions I've made to my models represent The Core, which is not normally seen. Showing both parts of people allows us to see a dramatic difference in appearance; our internal selves are foten distant from our appearances. There is a conflict between having these two entities and not being able to show both of them. By restricting ourselves we cast our true identities out of sight and live our lives concealing our core, ashamed to let others see it.
In Greek mythology, Hephaestus, the son of Hera, was born lame and ugly. The gods and goddesses could not appreciate his features, so Hera cast her son out of Mount Olympus. Hephaestus fell for a night and a day until he landed on the island of Lemnos. It was here that the Sinitians, a barbarian people who were said to later worship him, discovered the god.
Hephaestus was cast from Mount Olympus in the same manner that our core is cast from ourselves. Since an ugly god was feared on Mount Olympus, Hephaestus was cast out, and for fear of others seeing who we truly are we cast our core out of ourselves." - Patrick Millard