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In the 4th Century BC, in the ancient Greek city of Delphi, the priestesses of Dionysus, the god of wine, found themselves "overcome with religious fervor" one night. That’s a nice way of saying they drank way too much wine, and they were dancing and singing, and they partied their way right out of Delphi and got lost in the wilderness. They wandered aimlessly for many hours, and finally stumbled into a city called Amphissa, some ten miles away. The problem is, the two cities happened to be at war at the time, but, again, the women were drunk, and tired, and they were happy to find a place to lie down, out of reach of wild animals. So, they made themselves at home, falling asleep on the ground in the town square, and in the morning, they were found by the townspeople.
Some of the hot-headed young men recognized them and said "Hey! They're from Delphi! Let's rape and kill them!" But the women of Amphissa said "Oh, no you won’t!" And they joined hands in a circle surrounding the sleeping priestesses and defended them until they woke up. Then, the women made them breakfast and led them out of their city into No-Man's Land, and pointed out their way home.
Until now it was unheard of to depict an indigenous Guatemalan woman in this manner, and it has caused a bit of controversy. "Vos Maria" is a derogatory name for women of the lowest caste, not unlike "Bubba" in North America, or “Jules” in France, but the subject of this painting wears her label with pride.
Man was content with stone tools until his neighbor had bronze. Then bronze was all the rage until someone found iron. Our evolution has depended upon this need men have to improve their situation no matter how content they should be. Without this restless dissatisfaction, Man would never have made it across oceans, much less find himself exploring space.
A modern interpretation of the Greek myth, in which a man who has been recently divorced (as evidenced by the tan line where he used to wear his wedding ring) struggles against alcoholism and suicidal tendencies and attempts to recreate what he has lost through his art. The machine in the background is a mortising machine, which makes wood female. This illustrates the stubborn will of Mankind to make the world into what we want it to be, instead of accepting it as it is. Without this defiance, we would not have scuba tanks and airplanes.
The famous and controversial fountain in La Antigua Guatemala’s central park. Four mermaids squeeze water from their breasts to nourish the world.
There are people in the world today that will not notice if the electricity fails, or care about the price of oil, and would be surprised to learn that others pay for water.
The negative space stretching before this ballerina as she fastens her toe-shoe heightens the sense of anticipation. Soon, she will stride out onto the plywood stage that suggests her humble origin, and prove herself.