"Did I escape, I wonder?
My mind winds to you
Old barnacled umbilicus, Atlantic cable,
Keeping itself, it seems, in a state of miraculous
repair." - Sylvia Plath, Medusa
"She didn't deserve it." I thought as I filled the bathtub with chlorophyll and lemon balm. In the language of flowers and herbs, lemon balm says "Don't misuse me." I was thinking about Medusa. Whether she had bragged about her beauty or if there was a rivalry between her and Athena, Medusa didn't deserve it. She didn't deserve to be raped by Poseidon in Athena's temple and she didn't deserve the wrath of Athena afterward. I dropped the plastic snakes into the water.
I was making a swamp. I needed to. I needed to be grounded and cleansed at the same time. To do this I had to become Medusa. I wrapped snakes in my hair and pinned the rest up, I applied makeup like a mask. "What if Medusa kept her beauty? What if Medusa was only hideous when the snakes awoke? These thoughts ran through my head as I tilted my head and arched. I've always thought of Medusa's hair as protection. The snakes lay dormant until danger was near, thus awaking them and her hideous scream turning those who wished to harm her to stone. I stepped into the water and emerged.
Medusa: "Her only crime was being beautiful" can be seen from July 6-20 at Local Project for the "Turned On" exhibit. Opening reception July 6th 6-10pm. Closing reception July 20 6-10 p.m.
Local Project 45-10 David St. Long Island City. Right Near 5 Pointz
Facebook invite can be found here.
Close ups of the frame.
Original Images in the series.