John Hoyt: I have been interested in the visual arts since childhood, and my holidays are typically devoted to visiting art museums and archeological sites in North American and Europe. In particular, I find myself drawn to European art of the 1400s (all of which is religious on some level, of course). There is a tentative and exploratory quality to this period – both in Italy and Flanders – as if the artists felt they were on the brink of discovering a new way of seeing the world, but sensed that the goal would remain elusive.
Artist Statement: In my Chthonic Alice image, Alice (she of the looking glass and rabbit hole) is seated in front of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil holding the Chalice with Serpents from the Book of the Apocalypse. Shown here in her Chthonic aspect, we see her as a sort of Black Madonna, i.e. a lost segment of the pantheon with a decidedly uncanny, Dionysian aspect not unlike Persephone , Nut , Ishtar, etc. The lost, the uncanny, dream like wandering in Chthonic realms, these are themes of my current work.