This piece represents Icarus at the moment of taking flight. It explores themes of confidence, pride, ego and narcissism. How much of "confidence / pride" is actually rooted in ego / narcissim? And where does one draw the line between them?
The myth of Daedalus and Icarus is sometimes seen as having a connection with narcissism. Daedalus was a skilled inventor in Athens. However, his pupil Tallus was also very clever. He invented the saw and the pair of compasses. Daedalus became so jealous with him, this genial high-flier, that he threw him down from a rock into the ravine. However, Pallas Athene changed Tallus into a partridge, a bird who flies low and who nestles on the ground.
Daedalus was sentenced to death, but he and his son Icarus flew to Kreta. There he built the labyrinth for king Minos, in which the Minotaurus was caged. Nevertheless, Theuseus killed the Minosaurus with the help of Ariadne, who had given him a thread that prevented him from losing his way in the labyrinth. King Minos suspected Daedalus to have conspired in this case, so there was a great quarrel between Daedalus and the king.
For Daedalus things went wrong again; he offended the king and was locked up in the labyrinth with his son. But Daedalus had built the labyrinth and he had made a secret way out that only he knew. Other versions of the myth tell us of a tower with a great sea around it.
Daedalus made wings for himself and his son, using birds' wings. He warned his son especially not to fly too high because in that case the heat of the sun would melt the wax with which the wings were constructed. Nevertheless, Icarus flew too high, and fell into the sea