The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice and her attempted return from the underworld. While walking in tall grass at her wedding, Eurydice was set upon by a satyr. In her efforts to escape the satyr, Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers and suffered a fatal bite on her heel. Her body was discovered by Orpheus who, overcome with grief, played such sad and mournful songs that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus travelled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone , who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. He set off with Eurydice following, and, in his anxiety, as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at her, forgetting that both needed to be in the upper world, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever. The painting depicts the point of Orpheus’s looking back. Don’t look back to retrieve what has been lost because there lie fleeting images and illusion. Look forward to retrieve what has been lost through the opportunity of new experience. Our rewards await us in the future.
Argonautica: Erato & Medea
Oil on wood, 48 inches by 48 inches, 2014 Price on request
Book Four of the Argonautic begins with an evocation to Erato
Come now, Erato, stand by my side, and say next how Jason brought back the fleece to Iolcus aided by the love of Medea. For thou sharest the power of Cypris, and by thy love-cares dost charm unwedded maidens; wherefore to thee too is attached a name that tells of love.
Art-A-Whirl May 16-18, 2014 e.v. at Leaping Laughter
Leaping Laughter Lodge Ordo Templi Orientis Suite 156, 1620 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Artists that will be showing at Leaping Laughter:
Argonautica Four: The Fleece at the End of the World
Inspired by The Argonautica written down by Apollonius Rhodius Oil and gold dust on wood panel, 48 inches by 48 inches, 2014. Panel four of a four panel series. First exhibited at Paganicon 2014, Minneapolis, Mn., where it was awarded Best In Show. Symbolic of the Sun re-entering Aries and returning life to the world.
Leda as the Ancient Greek Madonna, Oil on canvas, 72 inches by 48 inches, 2012.
This is an original oil painting by Roger Williamson depicting the timeless motif of woman as the focus and matrix of creativity.
The concept has its origins going back to the dawn of human civilization.
In Greek mythology, Leda was daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of the king Tyndareus of Sparta. According to the myth, Zeus appeared to Leda in the form of a swan, seducing and impregnating her. Leda produced four offspring from two eggs: Castor and Clytemnestra from one egg, and Helen and Polydeuces from the other.
As the mother of Helen of Troy, Leda is the root of the “Time of hero’s”, the Trojan War.
Zeus in this tale is demonstrated to be a “shape shifter”, a shaman entering our dimension and reality from another. An alien.