The realms of imagination are like modest drops filing up the ocean (or a teaspoon) with equal ease. They surround us, giving us unexpected glimpses of otherworldliness, sandwiched between moments of ordinariness, gently reminding us to see the drops as much as the ocean (or teaspoon, of course).
This issue of Arts Illustrated, we take on the big, squishy, shape shifting word – Fantasy – and look at art that revels in uninhibited conversations within this space. We want to look at artists who have this capacity to not only clearly see and feel the pulsating throb of reality around them, but also the ability to look deeper, look beyond, to see and feel the steady thrum of magic. Not the magic of fairytales, but that of thought, dialogue, expression, wrapped in a delicious cloak of flamboyance.
The earliest memory of division is probably this story: ‘If you had three apples and two other friends, how many apples would each one have?’ And then, the earliest symbol for division is the rigid line with two dots on either side, never moving, never meeting, never crossing over. It is seared in our brains that the idea of division is sacrosanct – you pick a side and you stay there.
Thankfully, the arts give us a fluid construct from which to view ‘division’, our theme for the month. This issue we want to look at artist(e)s who structurally or ideologically engage with this great divide – sometimes by intention, sometimes my circumstance, and sometimes by coincidence – giving us new ideas, perspectives and the possibility to change the stories we have heard and symbols we have grown up with. And, most importantly, to re-negotiate this intensely polarised world with its seeming allure of connectedness. To bring the tolerance of thought into the divisiveness of actions.