Roots of contemporary European culture are found at a fundamental level in the traditions of Greeks and Romans. It is the offspring of oral, written, and imagery based traditions passed down from one generation to the next. The use of “European” to describe the Christian Occident has a tracery line to the Carolingian empire, and has been used to draw a line between European as self and the “others” ever since. These are the sacred cows, the Zeus carrying off the maiden, that have shaped the European mind, state, and nationalism. This is a paradox inasmuch as a purely European culture has never existed and the roots of all styles lie in the vast vernacular drama that is humanity. Europe has consistently had an influx of foreign influences that it imbibes, digests and expels.
Using the myth of Europa as a starting point, we began working with the ideas of neo-neo classicalism, classicism, and nationalism. The resulting installation is a body of work consisting of photos, paintings, drawings, prints, and clothing.