Medusa

Medusa I

This is a piece I tackled today. All week I have been doodling designs for it and it seems to be a subject I need to get out of my system. The title is a reference to the myth of Medusa, who was transformed into a hideous monster with hair of snakes by the goddess Athena. Medusa desecrated one of Athena’s temples with Poseidon, hence the punishment (Athena was a bit of a bunnyboiler, it has to be said). After her head was cut off, Pegasus sprang forth from her belly. There are plenty of visual puns and other references here (vipers, serpents and so on) but I also like this from a simple design point of view. Hopefully the viewer will be able to appreciate this both as a design and for the layers of meaning embedded within it.

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