STEPHANIE PUI-MUN LAW
"Much of my art derives its inspiration from mythology, legends, and folklore. I draw from many cultures, from my own Chinese background, through that of Roma, Celtic, Greek, Roman, and Indian to name a few. I have been interested in fantasy since I was eight when a friend introduced me to the world of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and for a long time, my art was just about creatures and figures from fantasy novels. Even now, much of it still comes from these sources, because I still enjoy it. But I slowly found myself moving away from strict fantasy in both literature and my art, and into the realms before and beyond "fantasy", which is mythology and folklore.
Tales in mythology and folklore stem from emotions, needs, desires, hopes, and beliefs that have survived through time, for thousands of years, across hundreds of cultures. These things are part of the essence of being alive, and of being human. There is something in these tales that makes people hold on to them, even without need of words on paper, but simple word of mouth. And so it is these images that I try to capture with my paintings." -S.L