According to Greek mythology, the hero Perseus, who was half man and half god, the son of Zeus and Danae, was given the task of beheading the fearsome Gorgon, Medusa. Medusa, one of the three Gorgon sisters, had snakes for hair and the power to turn anyone who looked at her into stone. With the help of the gods, Perseus managed to decapitate Medusa using a shield as a mirror, avoiding direct eye contact with her.
This work, inspired by a Greek sculpture that adorned the Temple of Selinunte in Trapani, Sicily, and by the masterpiece of the great Benvenuto Cellini, “Perseus with the Head of Medusa,” which I was fortunate to see in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
Like in a game,
I seek a way to have fun,
while contemplating turning my enemies into stones.
In a figurative expression,
earth-toned sprays splatter my canvas,
while the whites don’t ask for permission.
This painting is made using acrylics, aerosols and markers. Painted on canvas.