The use of animals and birds in storytelling across cultures and religions through the centuries interests Tim MItchell greatly.
From his early readings of Aesop’s fables, the Wind in the Willows and fairy-tales and later Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Farid ud-Din Attar’s Persian poem The Conference of the Birds, the Hindu Ramayama and Mahābhārata or Rumi’s This Longing, the way story telling uses animal imagery fascinates Tim.
The use of creatures, rather than people, as a vehicle for the teaching of morals, ethics, tolerance, respect and understanding has been widespread through history. After many years working in primary school settings in Europe and Asia telling and retelling myths, legends and fairy tales that so many of us in Western culture are familiar with, Tim has come to appreciate how important the animal element is for engaging and opening minds with imagination and questioning.
With his print images Tim likes to capture birds and animals at some crucial point in the midst of a story. The exact point in the story he leaves for the viewer to decide for themselves.