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Head of Medusa
12in x 24in
The Head of Medusa is a statue that has been characterized as being elegant, complex, and graceful. The story behind this sculpture originates from Perseus (protagonist) defeating Medusa (antagonist). The fight between Perseus and Medusa resulted in the unfortunate beheading of Medusa, which is the focus of my painting. The head of Medusa is later used as a shield for Perseus with his quest of defeating future monsters. My color choices that reflect the unfortunate story of Medusa are a dark red/burgundy tint. The texture in the background was added to give an effect of flames and show the dark drama that took place during the execution. I wanted to focus on the head of Medusa and show the emotion of her death and how graceful she appeared. This piece is personal to me because I have been fortunate enough to observe this piece and I admire the level of craftsmanship Cellini (the sculptor) had with producing his works of art.
24in x 30in
What are the first three things you imagine when thinking about Utopia? The food? Architecture? Politics? Personally, I would be curious to see what the average representation of women would be. With this concept, I wanted to demonstrate women and what I predict they would look like. The representation of a woman would be one that looks poised and empowering. The angle that I drew the lady is to show her optimism and confidence. When someone sees a woman standing with confidence, I hope it radiates and inspires the audience viewing this piece. The flowers that are placed around her represent growth and blossoming to constantly improve her ego. The different stages that the flowers are growing in is to represent time and how we, as humans, cannot accomplish something great in a day; it takes time.
Alexis Mullins will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with a 2D concentration.