Etchings 2019

A collection of etchings

The poem, Metamporphoses, written by Ovid and published around 8AD is the main reference for this work. The images use the characters of Leda and Swan alongside the stories surrounding Daphne, Medusa and Philomela. Using Leda and Zeus in the form of a swan, the metamorphosis, punishment and brutalisation experienced by the women is re-visualised upon Zeus; to change the outcome and experience for women as a warning to the patriarchy.

The decision to use the myth of Leda is as a result of the plethora of imagery that has been created surrounding the myth that normalises and domesticates gendered violence against women. The other three female protagonists have been chosen as they have been represented multiple times in the visual arts in addition to influencing further works of literature that encompass greater brutalisation. The overarching intention is to initiate change, metamorphose a warning that shows the God Zeus being punished rather than a woman as has become an accepted written text for two thousand years.

Using the poem of Leda and the Swan by W.B. Yates, the original is modified; words are omitted or replaced, creating a metamorphosed poem that creates a new outcome for Leda. In the new poems, she is not assaulted and brutalised, she kills the myth, achieves power and writes a new empowered future.