Wear a fucking mask. Your power-hungry, capitalist greed-fueled white supremacy is showing.
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 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.
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.
(via Saatchi Art)