Icarus, from Greek mythology, is the story of a young man who flew too close to the sun. The interpretations I have read about this myth say that it is a cautionary tale about aspiring for too much, leading to 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.