Isobel Francisco memorialises Icarus in her stunning new collection of visual pieces at Vinyl on Vinyl gallery from June 19 to 30, 2014.
Icarus was the son of master craftsman Daedelus, who made him a pair of wings out of wax and feathers.
Despite being warned not to fly too close to the sun to avoid its heat, Icarus was overcome by the powerful sensation of flying.
Soaring wildly and carelessly, the sun had melted his delicate wings and he fell to his death in ocean now called the Icarian sea.
The tension between our prominence and pettiness in the grand scheme of the universe was Isobel’s driving force. “The mythical character Icarus serves as a cautionary tale,” she said. “We are a scientific marvel and yet we remain, in the larger sense, insignificant. We struggle with this knowledge versus our innate desire to rise above ourselves and to explore the why’s of our being. What else could we do in such a short amount of time we have but to set ourselves on fire?”
Isobel Francisco’s Icarus Smicarus will be on view at Vinyl on Vinyl, The Collective, Malugay Street, Metro Manila until June 30, 2014.