When I read mythology, I sometimes find that the experience of being a woman today is very different from that of women in mythology, but in reality, I find that things have not changed very much for us. Some of my paintings feature strong women that portray characters from Greek mythology with contemporary attributes. Others include marble sculptures that depict mythological women created during the Hellenistic through the Neoclassical movements, questioning what is “set in stone” with regard to gender roles and the ways in which perceptions of women and gender have hitherto changed or remained constant. I include flowers in my work, serving not only as a metaphor for women, but also to symbolize purity, tragic love, and shame; reflecting the mythological narrative represented in the painting, as well as the continuing, yet archaic purity standards placed on women’s sexuality and the associated feelings of sexual shame that persist today.

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