Tityus was the Greek mythological character who was put to death for assaulting a daughter of Zeus and sentenced to be eternally chained in the great pit of Tartarus, a greek version of hell, while his liver (thought to hold passionate emotion, ie, anger) was gnawed at by vultures and snakes. This story of eternal struggle and retribution is similar to the Prometheus myth and in ways to the narrative of Sisyphus. Titian apparently loved this line of metaphor; he made paintings of all of these subjects. Last year I made a monotype based on his Sisyphus.
I see existential analogies between ancient myth and the contemporary human condition and have always been intrigued by the dark gothic drama of baroque allegorical art. Here I’ve taken multiple images from allegorical paintings and overlapped them, searching for some kind of combination of grace, jaggedness and abstracted puzzlement.
As with any just completed piece I post, I’m still pondering adjustments.
Considering the connection to sclerosis and retribution, I’ve invented a new drink, The Bin Laden: 2 shots and a splash of water. (apologies to the ultra sensitive)
Thanks, I’ll be here all week. Enjoy the veal.
Weekend at Tartarus, oil on panel, 28″ x 48″