Lavar Munroe champions the idea of the artist as trickster through a personal mythology he creates. Specifically, His work explores various stages of Joseph Cambells Monomyth, also known as The Heros Journey. Munroes objective in his work is to map his matriculation through various spheres within society whereby he tells a story of success through tracing a journey that begins in an impoverished state, both mentally and physically, ending in a place of enrichment. Both autobiographic and universal in nature, Munroes intentions are to work through behaviors of the trickster as an embodiment of self and hero.
Much of Munroes practice comprises research that is informed by critical investigation and theories surrounding mythology, literature, and folk archetypes. Through visual personification and allegory, he narrates and elaborates on real life events. Literature, documentaries, and real world conversations also fuel Munroes work. Though framed in fictional narratives, my work explores and in many ways critiques real life situations that I have either personally experienced or encountered through research. Oftentimes I am reminded of the underlying darkness that reoccur in childhood fables in a sense, drawing a parallel to the menacing motifs that occur in my work.