Sherratt draws on the ancient Parsifal myth to bring together similar ideas from various cultures. Parsifal is the mythical archetypal male hero who must submerge himself in the great unconscious, the feminine principle and make peace with the feminine within him before he can achieve psychological wholeness.
Sherratt shows Parsifal at various stages of his learning process and eventual transformation. Parsifal is both a hero and a coward. He is the handsome King and the battered soldier. With the ferocious demeanor of an enraged warrior he steps surreptitiously on hot coals in an effort to escape his fate (Parsifal Steps Out, 1997). In later drawings he reappears, now transformed into a kind and gentle or sad and confused figure. Parsifal is both strong and weak, wise and foolish, brave and cowardly, masculine and feminine.
Parsifal, in Sherratt's art, represents the deep contradictions that is either more, or less concealed in all humans.