Maya Renée

The Art of the Modern Myth

Artist's Statement

Why this Art?

Inspired by Carl Jung's archetypes, my work explores the transition from old mythologies and traditions to the emerging global mythology. I examine icons throughout the span of human history - from ancient gods to modern media - to uncover universal human archetypes, themes, and truths.

People need heroes and myth to inspire us to be our better selves. My work focuses on expressing the universal human potential for heroism; our ability to grow beyond the difficulties of our lives and in doing so heal ourselves and the world. As a reflection upon the new mythology's interconectedness with globalization and modernity, I have chosen to create them in a purely digital format. Ancient gods were made from stone. Post-modern gods are made from bits and bytes.

Drawing upon my twenty years of Photoshop experience and my love of mixed media, my style is a uniquely post-modern fusion of photography, fractals, three-dimensional models, textures, drawing, painting, and other tools. My hyper-saturated vibrant aesthetic is a result of my own experiences with myth and spirit. Combining my love of pop culture with my passion for spirituality and mythology, I attempt to translate these icons as I see them. Traditional religious iconography and symbolism coexist with modern media representations of timeless human archetypes.

It is my hope to connect with the inner truth of each icon in such a way that the viewer connects with them too. Each joyful smile of appreciation from someone who feels I portrayed their favourite icon in the perfect way makes it worth it.

Summoning the Fire Body

Blog posts

Letting Go and Living

Letting Go and Living

Kerra's words found me, as they often do, right when I needed them. Inspired by her question, I asked myself "What is the universe inviting me to do?"
10 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Cybil Lewis

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Cybil Lewis

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading Cybil Lewis:

10. Female Protagonist
9. Witty Narration
8. Alliteration
7. Cyberpunk
6. Complex Characters
5. Heart-stirring stories
4. Emotional Intelligence
3. Bruce Lee
2. Post-Apocalyptic America
1. Classic Sci-Fi Social Commentary


Don't Be Positive. Be Honest.

Don't Be Positive. Be Honest.

The second rule of my happiness journey was, "Don't be Positive. Be Honest."* Somewhere along the line, many of us seem to have become trapped in t...


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