(116 x 75 cm) Various materials on canvas

 

Henri Tarraco Junior (Rep. Congo)

 
Henri Tarraco Jr. descends from a Belgian mother and a Congolese father and grew up until his early teens in a little village near Kigali. He went back with his mother to Ghent, Belgium after his father died.

“I remember this time for me as quiet difficult and very confusing. From one moment to another, literally everything was different. It was like waking up to a strange dream. I took refuge in the tales of my childhood, creating my own fantasy world. From this period I started to grow an interest in drawing. Later, I combined these folktales with the fascinating Greek mythology, which I have learned here in Europe. I am drawn to how imagination and reality can float perfectly together and the power they have to heal one´s soul. People who are interested in my art should take my work and stories as stepping stones to enter their own fantasy world”.

For the artist it is a way to define his identity. For us as a viewer, it is a plunge into a unique world of storytelling, materials and originality.

The frog who wants to marry mother sun = Icarus
A frog sits at his pound and sees the reflection of the sun in it. He falls in love and asks the sun for her hand. The sun smiles and says that she will marry him, if he is able to catch her. He jumps into the pound and sinks like a stone. From the bottom of the lake he looks up and try´s again to catch the sun by swimming to the surface. Once again, he misses. The sun is laughing so hard at his stupidity, that the frog realizes that he was in love with just a reflection. He looks up to the real sun. He burns his eyes, leaving him blind.
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Icarus and his father escape from the labyrinth where the Minotaur is dwelling by making wings out of feathers and wax. Icarus is so full of joy by being able to fly that he just wants to go higher and higher, aiming for the sun. At one point he is so close to the sun that the wax is melting and Icarus plunges to his death.