Icarus, from Greek mythology, is the story of a young man who flew too high. His father, Daedalus, designed the labyrinth which held the Minotaur. To keep the secret of solving the labyrinth from ever getting out, King Minos trapped Daedalus and his son, Icarus, in a tower. Daedalus designed wings using feathers and wax so that he and Icarus could escape. This was a great plan except for the wax. Daedalus told Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, but of course, in the rapture of freedom, he did. The wax melted, plunging the boy into the ocean. The explanations I have read about this myth say that it is a cautionary tale about inventing things that may have negative consequences.
My interpretation of the story is that it’s about being mindful of our gifts. Sometimes, through carelessness or obliviousness, we accidentally lose or destroy them before we are even fully aware of what they are.
Icarus, 18″ x 24″ oil on cradled birch. Available in my studio.