Ora-Ora invites us to enter the dark realms of the forest on a journey of self-discovery, guided by US-based artist Stephen Thorpe. Thorpe’s vibrant impasto paintings form dynamic layers of resplendent relief in Renaissance shades. His contours may be foundations of a new self, or an edifice to be torn down and rebuilt anew. Exhorted by US mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell to “enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path,” we learn to find our bearings and seek out the light. Stepping outside of the cacophony and distractions of daily life, we are immersed in paintings which draw on 18th century Flemish tapestries, and are redolent of the heroic deeds of the forest. Using architectural form as psychological space, visitors are asked to enter the unseen forest of our minds. In so doing, we seize the chance to become who we really are.
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