Homosexuality doesn't seem to have been acknowledged in epic culture, at least there is no evidence for it in Homer, but this vase was made for a 5th C clientele for whom homosexuality was widely accepted. So here Achilles has been translated from a robust warrior into a lissom youth. If you follow his glance … Continue reading Achilles and Patroklus.
Here is Hermes with a satyr and deer. He is the go-to god for Facebook ( and my favourite) as he is god of communication, change and all forms of exchange and transition. Hermes (best boots, probably gilded leather - solid gold not ideal for flying) is enjoying a role play. He holds the wine … Continue reading The Berlin painter in satirical mood.
Amazon wearing petticoat under leather armour. Andokides 525 BCE . Alexander McQueen Fall/Winter collection 2003. Amazons were usually thought of as a race of ferocious female warriors. Here the artist has given them sweet expressions and great legs. Because the black gloss hasn't adhered properly we can see the initial drawing underneath. The one on … Continue reading Andokides, Amazons, Alexander McQueen
Most Cycladic goddesses/warriors are straight with not a child bearing hip between them. This cheery little guy, about 7 inches high was made by a maverick genius somewhere between 2800-2300. The back is subtly undulating and every angle tips away from the expected so the whole thing has a wonderful fluid dynamic. A little beauty. … Continue reading Cycladic and Bronze Age Genius.
Medusa is a gorgon, a monster with snakes for hair, whose glance alone will turn you to stone. Perseus is a young Greek who cuts off her head. In Trump’s campaign against Clinton, Cellini’s statue of Perseus with Medusa was adapted with Trump as Perseus and Clinton as the gorgon: a violent attack on Hilary. … Continue reading Bearding Mary: Perseus and Medusa – Herstory not History.
Simone Witney with Sam Kinch and Jon Dunham. A Feature for the 100th Issue of the Hastings Independent Press Mary Beard - a jackal? Throughout Mary Beard’s talk ‘ Women in Power’, she represents Ancient Greek myth as proof of a predominant, centuries old desire of men to crush women. She ignores any evidence, … Continue reading Creative Conditions.
Bernard Mcguigan Sculpture Show at The Lawn 1st - 2nd September and in his studio at The Beacon during Coastal Currents. In the middle of a delightful conversation with Bernard Mcguigan I realise I’m really witnessing a story about a non-verbal conversation between Bernard and his stones. I may recognise the signs, I may connect … Continue reading Pygmalion Turns Abstract.