‘Medusa’ [17 Combs]
Originally a symbol of silencing women, Medusa was raped in the Temple of Athena by the god Poseidon for being so beautiful, then punished by Athena for desecrating her temple. Athena transforms her into a monster, changing her hair into nest of writhing snakes, and condemning anyone who looks at her to be petrified to stone. The dual meaning of the word ‘petrified’ is intriguing: to be scared that one cannot move, and for organic matter like wood turning to stone over time. This is worthy of reference as it exemplifies the importance that material has in the wider scope of language and communication.
Bronze is synonymous with classical Greek sculpture, which is of central focus to my practise and previous work. Surprising the viewer in something akin to a double-take. The viewer sees the Combs and instantly recognise them as social signifiers (of a certain class, race, gender etc.) and I challenge these stereotype-judgements through the material swap of Plastic (ubiquitous, cheap, man-made, mass-produced, light) to Bronze (weighty, eternal, natural, historically-loaded).