Mytheotypes are a lenticular photographic portrait series of stereotype of a culture interlaced with a mythological creatures from the same culture. The same textiles are used in both costumes.
MEDIUM: Lenticular photography. Prints animate when one walks past.
COLLABORATORS Jason Findley, photography, Winnie Ling, model & production, Scott Findley lighting.
MOTHER OF DRAGONS
The images above are a portrait of a Hong Kong Grandmother, who labors well into her years and is transformed into the Mother of Dragons 龍母, Long Mu. Long Mu raised 5 snakes that turned into dragons. In return for her love dragons would help bring rain to her village.
The portrait below is of a model, who has Mexican and Swiss roots. We decided to portray a Coyote who clandestinely guides people over the border and a Coyote spirit, Huehuecoyotl, who is known as a trickster who teaches through pranks. “Stories derived from the Codex Telleriano-Remensis make him a benign prankster, whose tricks are often played on other gods or even humans but tended to backfire and cause more trouble for himself than the intended victims.” Our world is rendered disjointed by borders are we create. Perhaps the coyote’s trick/lesson learn how to have compassion for all in these divisive times.