a Columbary of Muses (Ned Mercury)
A columbary of muses, a house built in the image of the diaphanous and whimsical creatures it shelters, of the nymphs and goddesses it houses, with little niches where we feel at ease, with alcoves where the legends are told, where the portraits are drawn with a fragile and respectful tact, a space devoted to a sensitive imaginary to visit without a sound, to pad within.
Interview with Ned Mercury
What message(s) do you want to express through your work?
A Columbary of Muses is only one section of my ever expanding home site, the Mercuriosity Shop. My message that I, Ned Mercury, wish to express is the same for the Columbary as well as the Shop. I wish to pick the fruits of glorious imagination, uncover the wonderous archetypes of the subconscious, and help unlock the inspiration of not only artists but all people so they can harness their own limitless creative potential and start a revolution to remake the world and all its objects and processes into something fantastic, transcendant, and beautiful.Which artists inspire you?, who are your masters?
I find that the synchronicities of the multiverse tend to deposit information at my feet that I then use as fuel for my creative fires. I saw a statue of Hermes being held aloft upon the breath of Zephyr (one of the four winds). Later I heard the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “The Zephyr Song”. The video for the song inspired the creation of my own “faeriographs”, of which I have posted a few on my site. Soon, however, I will post them on their own page, like the Muses. In short I try not to limit the sources of my inspiration to only artists. I attempt to be inspired by the world.What have you gained by being on the internet?
The Mercuriosity Shop was only launched in June, a Columbary of Muses in November. I get to share my passion for creativity with any who will listen. I have the pleasure of inspiring others. I truly hope others have gained the confidence to dream aloud in any artistic medium of their choosing. And I hope more people find the Columbary and the Shop a wonderful way to spark their creativity.Did the internet enable you to meet new models, to find new exhibit places?
Not yet, but as I’ve said, I only just started. There are a great many more stories to tell, and many more nymphs to expose to the artistic voyeurs who wish to be enlightened by the beauty of the spirit of artistic creation.Could you tell us a few words about the place you live/work in?
Although I do leave the Shop to visit various locales now and again, the location of the Mercuriosity Shop remains “on the shoreline of the Subconscious”, which, I believe, makes it truly accessible to all.Words gathered in January 2003
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