My obsession with mythology dates all the way back to my secondary school days. While learning about the influences of some of the Renaissance's greatest pieces, we were asked to build a sculpture based on our favourite mythological creature.
The Medusa was the first thing to spring to my mind. A terrifying beast with the face of a woman and a head of venomous snakes for hair. Anyone courageous enough to gaze into her gleaming eyes was immediately turned to stone. She must have had a hard time dating, which is probably why I felt I related to her at the time. Ironically I began making her out of stone, well, clay, to be precise, and it remains one of my proudest projects to date. I even put marbles in her eyes so that they'd melt down her face into tears in the clay oven and capture her sadness. One of my deepest regrets was leaving her in school.
While I opted to make my medusa sad and terrifying, Artist Javier Pinon took a complete different approach. The Brooklyn based artist used mix-media and collage to portray Medusa as a glamorous, rambunctious figure. It's a welcomed change to her usual gloomy depictions and I am in love with this series!