In classical literature Arcadia is synonymous with Paradise. It is the realm of bucolic existence. It is the birthplace of Pan. Throughout art history, Arcadia is also the stage upon which consciousness is first obtained. In the 17th century, the painter Nicolas Poussin painted a work entitled Et in Arcadia ego which depicts a group of shepherds crouched around a tombstone, inscribed with the message: I too am in Arcadia. This is the voice of Death. Enter: Temporality. This is the moment of human awareness of our own mortality. The Arcadian theme is a classical theme... it is the story of the fall of humanity, and It has woven its way through Modernism with shattering clarity in such works as Matisse's Bathers by a River, 1917.
All of my work is Arcadian. It's our story.