Myths & Legends

Our Myths & Legends exhibition is now up at Constellations in Liverpool and will be on display until Tuesday 11th June.

Myths & Legends Exhibition at Constellations

Ha Long
Risograph by Things by us

It’s said that in ancient Vietnamese, Halong means “descending dragon” which originates from a legend of this beautiful land.

The legend goes that when the country was newly formed, the Vietnamese had to fight against fierce invaders coming in from the north through the sea. In their time of need, The Jade Emperor sent the Mother Dragon and her children to earth to help the ancient Vietnamese people defend their country.

Screen print by Mark Adamson

McTout blows on his bagpipes, whilst Elspeth & Angus watch those notes go floating across the Waves.

Ferocious-Ness appears at once, and grabs a note or two for lunch,
And the whole of the Family Ness is not too far behind
Sporty-Ness leaps over him,
Turns up-side-down and dives back in,
And the beautiful Lovely-Ness shows she’s the kissing kind!

Eyewit-Ness comes up for air,
And taking notes without a care,
He turns, with a crash, and a bash and and a splash,
To the Family Ness.

A Party of Reverse Mermaids
Risograph by Sarah Hingley

“This print, A Party of Reverse Mermaids, ponders the questions ‘What if Mermaids were formed slightly differently than we thought? What if, instead of long, powerful tails mermaids instead sported the head of a fish and the powerful thighs of a human?’

This two colour risograph print celebrates these questions with a vibrant combination of teal and pink inks, offering a whole party of reverse mermaids for the audience to join in with. My illustration celebrates the fun behind the myth!

While this print is a tongue in cheek reference to the more traditional myth of the mermaid, it offers a fun insight to what a modern mythical creature could be. In a recent zine that I wrote and illustrated, I explored twists on mythical creatures such as this Reverse-Mermaid, the Reverse-Gorgon and the Mantaur (half man, half man). Through these twists we can have a fun spin on the legends that we already know, and hopefully give the viewer a laugh at the silly drawings that can come from it.”

Lady Krampus
Mixed media by Rosemary Kett

This illustration is based on the known folklore of Krampus.

“We all know his contrasted counter, Father Christmas who is often depicted with his partner Mrs Claus, so I wanted to present an illustration that shows Krampus’ partner, Lady Krampus, but with a more modern twist. Instead of his usual of birch branches, I have opted for a whip with a chain attached. Surrounded by blue hell flames.”

Tell Tom Tildrum the King is dead
Etching by Amy Madeleine Green

One winter’s evening the grave diggers wife was sitting by the fireside with her big black cat, Old Tom waiting for her husband to come home. They waited and they waited, at last he came rushing in, calling out, “Who’s Tom Tildrum?” both his wife and his cat stared at him.

“Why, what’s the matter?” said his wife. “And why do you want to know who Tom Tildrum is?”

“Oh, I’ve had such an adventure. I was digging away when I heard a cat’s meow.”

“Meow!” said Old Tom in answer.

“Yes, just like that! So I looked over the grave, and I saw nine cats, all carrying a small coffin every third step they took they cried all together, ‘Meow –‘”

“Meow!” said Old Tom again.

“They all came towards me, eight of them carrying the coffin and the biggest cat of all walking in front, crying all together, ‘Meow –‘”

“Meow!” said Old Tom again.

“Yes, just like that, till they came and stood right opposite and looked straight at me. I did feel queer, that I did! But look at Old Tom. He’s looking at me just like they did.”

“Go on, go on,” said his wife. “Never mind Old Tom.”

“Where was I? Oh, the one that wasn’t carrying the coffin came forward and, staring straight at me, said to me ‘Tell Tom Tildrum that the king is dead’

“Look at Old Tom! Look at Old Tom!” screamed his wife.

Tom was swelling, and Tom was staring, and at last Tom shrieked out, “What – the old king dead! Then I’m the King o’ the Cats!” and rushed up the chimney and was never more seen.

Floral Medusa
Risograph by Jack Alexander Deane

“Taking reference from the myth of the gorgon Medusa. I chose to reinterpret the myth with a neo-tradtional tattoo aesthetic. I also wanted to blend an eastern influence within the piece, with compliments the neo-tradtional aesthetic by adding more Japanese and oriental style snake and floral design. 

I later then printed the design as a gold risograph print on black paper. To give it a more opulent feel.”

Saule, The Sun
Linocut by Karina Geddes

A4 lino print of the Lithuanian Sun Goddess Saule, printed onto 300gsm Somerset paper. 

Digital by Kathrine Anderson

This print is inspired by the myth of Medea who was Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts) wife. It tells the story of a woman driven to the brink by a patriarchal society and though a brutal myth, has been interpreted as a more feminist story in recent years. The print has been given a modern twist to feel refreshed and relevant.

Moth Magic
Screen print by Sophie Copage

This is a hand drawn, and screen printed limited edition. It was inspired by a time when I was frequented by many different moths species in the early hours of dawn, and cause me to research the symbolism of moths in myths around the world. When a white moth comes to visit, in Native South American folklore for example, it is thought to be the spirit of an ancestor and must not be harmed. In Bolivia a certain rare nocturnal moth is thought to be an omen of death. The Luna Moth is thought to represent wisdom and intuition. 

This artwork was created to show appreciation for all sorts of beautiful moths, as the magical mysterious creatures of the night that they are!

Shepherd's Delight
Mixed Media by Ollie a.k.a Lunchbox

This print is inspired by Odysseus’ encounter with the Cyclops Polyphemus from Homer’s The Odyssey.

The piece focuses on the blinding of Polyphemus.

Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion) Penmaenmawr
Reduction linocut by Amy Cross-Menzies

A hand burnished reduction linocut print, depicting the Druid’s Circle (“Meini Hirion” in Welsh) high up on the hillside above Penmaenmawr. This mysterious and atmospheric stone circle is estimated to have been raised around 3000BC. Many tell of feeling a sense of rejuvenation and energy after being near the circle, and legend has it that a newborn child laid on the ledge of the circle’s so called Stone of Sacrifice will be blessed with good luck throughout their life.

Modern Myths and Legends
Mono print by Colin Davis

Colin’s print makes a narrative connection between some modern myths and legends into his own fashioning; from dogs not able to look up, apple seeds, and intergalactic traveling/monument building aliens. Simply, he made these modern day myths into a quirky story of their own with characters and interactions of an ironic nature.

The print is a handmade mono print, which echos the loose and conceptual nature of the story and idea.

Cymru Am Byth
Linocut by Victoria Wall

Some Weapon In A Rock
Screen print by Sean Barr

Follow The Light
Screen Print by Toucan Tango