Poet John Donne famously recognized the similarity of sexual and religious ecstasy. Born Catholic, he became an Anglican priest and the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, as well as a poet both bawdy and religious.
One solution is to paint the gods as mortals see them. How do mortals see them? Indistinctly and murkily, by moonlight, with the aspect of a rustle among the leaves or a burst of feathers. This is how Kyle Staver paints the myths.
In the Thesis Exhibit of the MFA program at Columbia, I saw diverse responses to the world we live in, all firmly rooted in the present. Yet, in many installations, I could see a connection to a distant past -- to Old Master art.