The imagination is a wonderful thing in the mind of the beholder, especially when life and believability are breathed into the creation. This work seen is a compilation of various items that focus on the imaginative and fantastical. The use of words, along with some provided imagery; give viewers the connections to recreate the entire world in their minds. If the imagination is believable and somewhat understandable in the eye of the viewer, then they begin to see themselves in that world. Imagination brings out childlike wonder that gives smiles to people and brings light to life making the world a bit brighter, as well as a better place to live.
The reason for making this art because of enjoyment that comes from the challenge of creating a new breed of species. This work is the representation dreams of fantasy and how the imagination can inspire awe and wonder. The work has significance in that it takes the inner world from the mind and creates it to become a reality. Everything collected focuses on Dr. Brian Archibald Fictor, an archaeologist from early 1920s who gets lost at sea on an island during his expedition. For the work, I have collected multiple bottles to represent the beakers and containers that will hold the artefacts and evidence from various plants and creatures.
There is also a cabinet that holds some of these pieces, similar to the cabinets of curiosity. These artefacts consist of fur, teeth, claws, fossils, broken shells pieces, grass, plants, and one insect called a “Lightning Bug.” Like actual archaeological discoveries, these finds are recorded with on-field photographs, small sculptural representations and notes from a journal. The journal contains stories of Dr. Fictor’s encounters of these creatures and the island’s plantations, with provided drawings, diagrams and short notes about the creature. As well, there is also a map of the island in the back of the journal with each creature’s local.
The collection of Fictor’s belongings and findings are representative on many different levels. The time period of the early 20th century, more specifically 1922, is a time of early archaeological discoveries, especially when King Tut was discovered a year after. With archaeology in search of mystery, imagination provides just that, but on a different and more bizarre level. Fictor’s journal entries as well as the old remaining remnants from the island add to the narrative of this journey, as well as the story of the dream. His journey from the dull and boring reality to the fantastical provides excitement, thrill and astonishment.
B. A. Fictor is the viewer’s tour guide through this mysterious land, showing the mysticism of a place that provides people a moment of escape from the hardships of reality. People will immerse themselves within this world, diving deep within the island’s vast jungles, observing these fantastical beasts from afar and exploring the world through the eyes of an archaeologist who is consistently fascinated throughout his journey. Imaginative minds is one thing that is both important and shared in humanity.