In spite of our love of technology and the idea of progress, I believe the basic character of our collective experience remains essentially unchanged. In fact, we mostly delude ourselves with technology, because we generally use it only to do the things we have always done: to communicate, to gossip, to distract ourselves, to find love, to wage war. Our most elemental needs and desires are the same as when we first became sentient enough to write history, to create explanatory myths. For this reason, certain images and ideas consistently appeal to us, and certain behaviors remain constant.
It's my observation that anything that isn't hard science or math qualifies as myth. It may appear erratic and contradictory, but the pattern that emerges from this “mythology” represents a vast store of knowledge. It provides answers to some of our most important questions. And though we are constantly drawn to it, we largely choose to ignore it, because we must do what we feel rather than what we know. We have always used and abused nature to the extent that we could, and we have always been afraid that she will fail or turn on us, because she does. We forget that we are nature too. In this regard, ideas concerning plunder, loot, and treasure, as well as fetishism and preciousness, inform the use of materials and appearance of my work.
Celia Eberle, 2018