Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 Newest Works

"Rhea" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
Cronus sired six children by Rhea but swallowed them all as soon as they were born except Zeus, since he had heard that he was destined to be overcome by his own child. When Zeus was about to be born, however, Rhea devised a plan to save him, so that Cronus would get his retribution. Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, handing Cronus a stone wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he promptly swallowed.  The geodes imply the cave that she hid the baby Zeus in.
"Dendritus" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
This is a painting of Dendritus, the Greek goddess of trees, and the anatomical name-sake of the dendrites in our brains.
"Medea" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
I decided to paint myself as Medea since there were no takers to model her. :-) She's an interesting tragic and powerful figure from Greek myth.  Medea helped Jason obtain the golden fleece and after the adventure he abandons her for the king's daughter Glauke. Medea does not appreciate being used and decides to get her revenge against Jason by killing his new bride.
"Medusa" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
Medusa was the embodiment of female destructive power in ancient Greek myth, and eventually her severed head became a weapon for Athena. I painted her holding an extension cord with the "female" side offered to the viewer. Often Medusa is painted as a monster, but her story is actually quite tragic.
"The Pythia" 12x24, oil on panel, Elizabeth McGhee 2012
The Pythia (better known as the Oracle at Delphi) was widely credited for her prophesies by Apollo. The women who served as Pythia often wore gold crowns to denote their rank. The leaves floating in the background are California laurel, as the laurel was sacred to Apollo. I also painted her holding a glass bowl with travertine tile in water to hint at the archaeological insight that ethylene gas from the travertine deposits beneath the temple could have caused the ancient oracle's trance.

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