In this interview, Sarrita King talks about the Elements series and the Fire story, as well as the influences of her father William King Jungala and sister Tarisse King.
I’ll tell you a story.
It brings a smile to my face because it’s so much about my Dad.
He would always invite people in by telling a story to people. A story so true, so undeniable, it connected people and affected people in all walks of life.
People can’t help but have an emotional response to it because they can feel it too.
Dad used to say that if you were sitting around a fire now, with your family, with your friends, on a cold night, you get this amazing warmth, you can feel it even now.
What do you feel when you sit around a fire when you’re in good company?
You might feel warmth, comfort. Real life source that engages and brings people together. It’s a comfort.
Dad would say that thousands of years ago our ancestors would sit around a fire and feel that exact same emotion, that exact same comfort, that same feeling.
It’s a tiny bit of genetics that’s still left from your ancestors. It’s changed through so many years, but yet you get that exact same feeling.
That feeling is what it is to be human.
It is to feel connected. It is community. You feel something elemental, a life-giving element.
That feeling connects us all. We all know that feeling. We all cherish that feeling now, as they did then. It’s something so special. And to be able to capture it in an artwork and promote that feeling even now, connect with people even now through that story, it’s timeless, it’s beautiful.