Metamorphosis | Transformation, Syn Festival Edinburgh 2017, Out of the Blue Drill Hall

Metamorphosis has always been considered one of the most fantastic mythical motifs, as expressed through literature and other arts. Since the beginning of humankind’s existence, myths of transformation have remained unrivaled in the Western world as sources of imaginative inspiration for art and literature. From Greek to Scottish mythology and from folklore to contemporary fiction, the act of metamorphosing from one physical form into another is a common theme in the mythologies of various cultures. On the other hand, in biology, metamorphosis is a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.

Considering art as transformation, as a procedure that transforms materials into new objects, new images, and new ideas, 21 emerging artists working in various media, present their works in an attempt to re-examine Scottish, Greek and European mythology and to understand the substance behind their fictional cover and the folktales of transformation.

Artists: Mhairi Bell-Moodie, Michael Dawson, Alex Hackett and Alix Villanueva, Rebecca Holloway, Яachel Lee, Axe Marnie, Julia Alexandra Mee, Ursula Mestre, Fionnuala Mottishaw, Georgia Rose Murray, Kyle Noble, Ioanna Papadimitriou, Paraskevi Papagianni, Tonia Papapetrou, Despina Petridou, Marissa Stoffer, Roween Suess, Jacqueline Thow, Christopher Philip Ward, Susana Wessling.