Playing the Moirai

In Greek mythology, the Moirai (the Fates) are the three sister deities who control the thread of life and the destinies of human life.  Clotho spun the thread, Lachesis determines the length of one’s life with the thread and Atropos cut the thread. The reason I am writing about the fates is because of my interest in the life of an artwork, and the control that an artist and audience has over the artwork. When an artist begins to create work we take on each role of the fates; beginning the process of creating the work, then deciding how to design and resolve the piece until the point where we stop painting and end the life of the painting.

But this is not the end, in the same way, that we tell stories and remember those that die, an audience has the ability to reinterpret an artwork beyond what the artist may have intended.

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Jessy Plant

A Brighton born artist, now studying a Fine Art Degree at Cardiff Met Uni.

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