‘Cider Dreams’ by kEda Gomes
Artist: kEda Gomes
Title: ‘Cider Dreams’
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Dimensions: 31.5″ x 23.6″ x 1.4″
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
Inspired by the Greek Myth about the golden apples guarded by Ladon, a hundred headed dragon, and the 3 daughters of Atlas. Often, we feel like we need many hats or talents just to get through life and protect the fruits of our labour – our small hopes and dreams. Here we have Ladon wandering through the dreamscape, cultivating individual dreams like apples in an ethereal orchard. Sometimes the dreams aren’t as they should be and need a little prodding in the right direction. The orchard is not always a safe place and sometimes there are things that prod back and pop your floatation device, sending you spiraling into that sweat-soaked panic of reality.
About the Artist:
kEda is inspired by contemporary/lowbrow and pop surrealist movement, which finally “allowed” for the exploration and indulgence in other forms of artistic expression.
Apart from exploration in concepts of identity and gaining a sense of permission to associate with various cultures (of one’s birthplace), kEda is also fascinated (more like obsessed) with myths and fairy tales. They are a constant source of inspiration and reference helping to explain complex (modern) moral and social topics. Along with various other childhood elements such as toys and games, finding that the innocence creates both a palatable and a potent dichotomy when handling everyday topics in politics, identity, and society