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Medusa and Oedipus: the Gorgon's New Man

This is a print of one of my paintings. Image size is about 5x7 inches (just under 13x18 cm), paper size is A5. The print is signed, and printed on archival paper with pigment inks. Please note - there is no text on the actual print.

I can also print this image A4 and A3+ so if you'd like a different size please contact me and I can list one for you.

Now this picture is a strange one, but it was high time I did something about Medusa's total inability to get herself a man. Obviously any visitor and prospective 'suitor' is instantly turned to stone as soon as she opens the door to them - a couple of times I've painted her clearly expecting company (two glasses of wine poured out, sadly one of them untouched) and in fact twice she's been on her way out for the evening. So I rather thought Medusa might be beginning to get a little fed up with this whole isolation thing.

And so I set her up with Oedipus - handy, as another figure from Greek Legend, though usually shown in a more gruesome aspect. And nicely tying up two tragedies into one happy ending... Sophocles would be turning in his grave, but really - they're a perfect match - I mean, Medusa is actually pretty desperate and so likely to be happy with anyone, and Oedipus is hardly known for his ability to pick women (and it has to be said that even dating a Gorgon is probably less embarrassing than finding out you've accidentally been... well, with your own mother...).

It occurred to me that not everyone is aware of the actual story of Oedipus - so I've written a long explanation on my site, which won't really fit here - but if you want to read more about the background to this picture go to www.nancyfarmer.net/im_medusa-and-oedipus.html (or email me for the link), where you can read the whole thing.

Medusa and Oedipus - art print - 5x7 inch

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