Medusa

stlukesguild

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After completing my last two paintings, Tropical Eve and Ishtar...

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-Tropical Eve

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-Ishtar


I began to think of a painting with a more twined or spiraling use of serpents. I was looking at the time at medieval Celtic and Viking knotted seprents:

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The obvious theme for a figure with snakes or serpents was Medusa. For whatever reason, I thought of Medusa as something of a femme fatale dressed in fetish garb complete with gloves and whip. I guess Medussa was a femme fatale... or dangerous woman... and as many of my paintings merge elements of the past with the present, I guess my interpretation wasn't that big of a leap. Whatever.

I have no photographs of this painting in process.

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I did take a good number of photographs that show details of the completed painting. The work became something of a joke in the studio as my studio mates and other artists came to know it as my "Brown Penis Snake Painting". :rolleyes: I suppose snakes and serpents naturally take on an erotic/penis interpretation... and the graphic almost calligraphic nature of the snakes in this painting made this even more blatant.

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