Seadusa, merges my love of mythology with my passion for portraying powerful female figures. This piece represents a different twist on the Greek mythological gorgon Medusa.
Their are a number of variations of the story, but essentially in the original stories Medusa starts out as a beautiful young woman, her most beautiful attribute being her golden wavy hair. Poseidon, God of the Sea, is enchanted by her beauty and violates the chaste young woman. The goddess Athena punishes Medusa by turning her into a hideous creature and transforms her wavy hair into wavy snakes. Her greatest curse of course is that she will be alone forever, since anyone that looks upon her is turned instantly to stone.
I decided that Medusa needed to take back her power, so I created the piece called Seadusa. Since I made her a creature of the sea, it seemed only fitting that hair should be more tentacle like than snake like. She has a headdress created out of aquatic inspired shapes, her face has been painted in a fashion that somewhat morphs between the beautiful maiden that she was, and one better suited to an aquatic existence. She has a direct gaze and that does not turn the viewer into stone, but hopefully stops them in their tracks long enough to take another look. She is protected by the jellyfish forms that are in front of her. The origin of the word Medusa is to protect, and one of it’s alternate meanings denotes a sea animal with tentacles surrounding a mouth, like a jellyfish - don't you just love the synchronicity?
Acrylic, Oil, Ink, Collage
31" X 45" Canvas (stretched and mounted)
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