Maya Renée

The Art of the Modern Myth

Artist's Statement

Why this Art?

Inspired by the writings of Joseph Campbell, 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 beyong 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 seventeen 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