Next inspiration of course: greek Mythology. Since I was a little girl I loved the elaborate - a lot of times gruessome-stories around gods, half-gods and terrifying half man-half animal creatures….it all seemed so exotic and fantastical, for the longest time I half convinced myself that that’s what Greece was actually like.Obviously they would’ve caught up with modern technology/lifestyle but say if you walked around the countryside and lost your way you might just stumble upon a cave with an angry Minotaur or Medusa trying to trick you into looking at her…..maybe the reason why I still haven’t been.
Going hand in hand with mythology is the symbolism associated with it. In this series it’s the different objects, Fauna and Flora associated with each of the gods but also the different fields of Art, Science and Society they were said to have inspired. I managed to incorporate a fair few for each god into the collage work of the print, paired with my own interpretations, preferences and colour symbolism.
Aphrodite was the goddess of Love, Beauty and Eternal Youth, spreading desire amongst gods and humans. She was the most beautiful of the gods but not necessarily a very strong willed one. While she was married to Hephaestus, her heart belonged to Ares (god of war) who she had an affair. Her symbols are: clamshell (as she was born from the sea), dove, artichoke, quince, the colours red,pink, seafoam, the rose and triangle.
Apollo was the god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, also god of medicine and healing, plague, music, poetry, leader of the Muses and more. His twin sister is Artemis. His symbols are the staff of Asclepius (medicine/healing), the lyre, the sage plant (wisdom) but also animals as such as wolf, raven and lizard.
Twin sister to Apollo and goddess of the Moon, the hunt, Chastity. Artemis, as goddess of Nature and was said to bring fertility to all places that worshipped her.She was usually accompanied with Nymphs and Oceanids, and loved to hunt with arrows dipped in poison. Her symbols are: the moon bow and arrow, deer, and cedar tree. Colours most green in keeping with Nature.
As mentioned above the god of war….but the brutal savage aspect of warfare not the strategically planned warfare. He was a very difficult and violent character which earned him little popularity amongst fellow gods or humans.Usually depicted wearing a battle helmet, his symbols are shield and spears, i chose a poisonous botanical (monkshood).His sacred animal was the dog but also vultures and other animals associated with poison or death were attributed to him. Colours are mostly reds.
Hermes always wore his trademark winged sandals and therefore was the speediest of all Greek gods. Because of this speed, he received the role of the messenger and conductor of souls to the Underworld. Hermes was the only Olympian god who was allowed to visit Heaven, Earth and the Underworld. He enjoyed great popularity amongst all the Greek gods and spirits. Hermes was also a patron of travellers, writers, athletes, merchants, thieves and orators. His symbols are: the caduceus (herald wand), a leather pouch, hare, ram. I chose the Crocus to represent Hermes as It was first cultivated in the ancient island of Crete and its name was derived from the famous epic stories of Homer – The Iliad and the Odyssey.