Zeus was not a nice diety. He killed his own father and spent the bulk of his life turning himself into husbands and creatures in order to seduce or rape women. His wife, Hera, also his sister, punished nearly all of the women.
Back in the day, the stories of Zeus and the other Greek gods served as explorations on how to and not to behave. Through the ages, these stories somehow morphed into how Western society treats abused women – the women are blamed for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
During a very stressful period at work, several years ago, my long dormant memories of being sexually abused by a neighbor surfaced. I was 5 or 6 years old at the time. Every little girl in our neighborhood was assaulted. The perpetrator was shielded by several of the adults, which driving families out of the neighborhood and brought him new victims.
This portrait series features a tiny portion of the women in Zeus’ life and represents the many girls and women through the ages who suffered abuse. These are the wives, daughters, and the women who bore the children of Zeus. The series was on display at the Artfx Gallery in Seattle in the summer of 2017.
A limited number of matted prints are available in my shop.