Circe

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'Circe' is a relief drawing made of wood, with a surface of acrylic paint and varnish that has been etched by hand with a fine-point blade to create patterns of light and shadow that form the image. Circe was a goddess of sorcery from Greek mythology who practiced the dark arts of magic to exercise power. In Toni Morrison’s book “Song of Solomon,” there is a character of that name who resembles the Greek Circe, and this was my introduction to the archetype. In Homer’s Odyssey, Circe lives in a mansion in a wood populated with animals who were once men, the victims of her potions. Morrison’s Circe lives alone in a mansion surrounded by dogs left to run wild and assist in the destruction of the place, which had belonged to her former masters.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2.37 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic paint and varnish on wood
  • Width: 34 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 42.5 inches