Dante's Inferno was one of my favourite projects I've worked on, because to me, it was the perfect combination of concept, journey, contemporary outlook, romantic intent, and sheer mass. I worked tirelessly for about two months. The story of Dante’s inferno is a conceptual illustrative journey taking a contemporary look at a timeless issue of one’s relationship to the universe. If growing up were easy, would it take so long?
Dante in this study, is represented by a Brazilian boy in Los Angeles, living as a creature of the night along Hollywood Blvd; essentially a well dressed street person. It’s a story of debauchery that turns into a story of disillusion, of love, and the recovery of the self to one’s righteous path of life. This project looks at the seven deadly sins, and compares them with the seven virtues, in a way that has the potential to mirror lost adolescents of my own generation.
There is a point in every young romantics heart, when the innocence of childhood is pushed to the sidelines, to make room for the acknowledgement of the sufferings, traumas, and demons that live in the heart of society. When a romantic goes through this kind of realisation, it can take anywhere from a couple months, to an entire lifetime, to contemplate before they can return to the world of innocence again. Realisation of the horrors this world has living within it can destroy the sweetest of souls, and coming back to one’s true self is marked with courage, maturity, and remembrance of all the beauty that lives symbiotically with the darkness in the world. The point is to raise awareness of the diversity of realities different people face, and to highlight the unspoken truth…that one city can be both hell and heaven depending on whose shoes one is walking in. In places where the realities of the rich and famous cross paths with those who wish they’d never been born, it seems like an appropriate place to compare and contrast the levels of hell and heaven in our limited realm of perception.
Another interpretation of Botticelli's Venus and Mars