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Pallas Athena

Pallas Athena

Piece description from the artist

The Goddess of Wisdom, Courage, Inspiration, Civilization, Law & Justice, Just Warfare, Mathematics, Strength, Strategy, Arts & Crafts, and Skill. Athena was the Virgin Patroness of Athens. And, pretty badass.

From a series entitled, "Oh My Gods!" which centers on Greek gods & mythology. I was interested in contemplating what makes god & myth, playing with contemporary ideals versus classical. I think of them as a hybrid of advertising & fine art, aimed at resurrecting ancient mythologies. Some are famous, some more obscure. Images of ancient statuary such as Achilles & Athena are juxtaposed with painted interpretations of contemporary promotional headshots. A 1970s Jerry Hall, a 60s Paul Newman, or a 90s Danish ballet dancer (as well as a few others you may recognise). I was drawn to these Hellenic stories, because they are gods of imperfection, with human faults & frailties, compromised not of one supreme god, but an interlocking web, or soap opera, of major & minor players.

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18.0" x 24.0"
oil on canvas

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