Sisyphus and Bacchus13 August 2021
Proposal sketches17 August 2021
he drawings here are based on two of Titian’s greatest works, Bacchus and Ariadne (1522–1523) and Sisyphus (1548 – 1549).
My concept was to take two characters from the paintings and remove them from their contexts. Sisyphus – as described in Camus’ novel ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ appears to be in a diabolical, inescapable dilemma. Every time he gets his rock to the top of the mountain, it rolls down again and he has to begin the process anew. Camus recognises that this is not terrible, it can be joyful as long as we are careful with the meanings we use to interpret what happens in our lives.
Bacchus is pictured is leaping towards Ariadne as he falls in love with her at first sight on the Greek island of Naxos. He is the god of wine, and has been enjoying himself to the full with his band of revellers, in a chart pulled by two cheetahs. The sight of Ariadne (who had been abandoned on the island by her lover Theseus) sends him leaping out of the carriage towards her.
The illustrations were used on this website Beingness Now – Facilitation in the Sedona Method.