True Nature 1 – 3

True Nature 1 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 29″ x 31” (unframed)
 
True Nature 2 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 29″ x 31” (unframed)
 
True Nature 3 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 29″ x 31” (unframed)

Scylla 1 – 3

Scylla 1 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)
 
Scylla 2 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)
 
Scylla 3 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)

Basilisk

Basilisk 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)

Half bird, half snake, full-on look of death. What’s evil — the combination or the lack of categorical distinction? Are we monitoring our transgressions, or is our fear of transgression monitoring us? Is that a basilisk in the panopticon, or are you just happy to scare me?

Khelone

Khelone 2020 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)

Khelone is new addition to the Not Your Monster collection. Punishing women for a disinterest in marriage, the audacity to practice self care, and most sacrilegious of all, for the insolence of disobeying an implied order of a man’s/god’s “invitation” isn’t new material.

I have to confess, though, to mixed feelings about how the classical Greek god Hermes punished the nymph Khelone for not attending Zeus and Hera ‘s nuptials. He turned her into a tortoise, making sure she could never leave home again as it was now on her back.

But, the body and life of a tortoise is quite appealing, predators and habitat destruction via pollution notwithstanding. Swimming, sun bathing, slow & steady movement, and, yes, immediately accessible shelter from danger sound pretty damn good to me.

Phaea

Phaea 2019 © Oriana Gatta / Gicleé Print / 16″ x 20” (unframed)

In Greek mythology, Phaea is the name of the Crommyonian Sow — a wild, man-eating female pig — Theseus slays as either 1) part of his required labors or 2) as an independent attempt to prove his manhood/bravery above and beyond his required labors. She is also identified as the mother of the Calydonian Boar Artemis sent to punish a king who neglected to worship her.

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