Why sculpt Icarus? Odd choice, I agree. In Greek Mythology, Icarus was the son of Daedalus who invented the Labyrinth, and was held captive in his own creation by the King of Crete; no doubt threatened by his creativity. Daedalus could not stand captivity and made wooden wings with wax feathers for him and his son, Icarus to fly to freedom. Icarus started flying and became so ecstatic that he flew too close to the sun. The sun melted the wax and Icarus fell to his death. Not a happy ending to say the least.
This Haitian-Canadian Artist is a rebellious soul who likes to turn myths on their head and change defeat into victory. What if the myth of Icarus captured the very essence of what it is to be human, with a spirit that wants to soar beyond its physical boundaries? What if Icarus had flown to freedom? A much more empowering image!
So instead of a cautionary tale, I decided to show a man ecstatic about freedom and flying towards his destiny. The next leap of logic was to see him as a symbol of a black man rising to freedom, at last.
Next week, I will start walking you through the making of this sculpture, from the life model, to the final bronze.