My name is Judy Takács, I’m an artist and I live in Ohio and paint people.
I asked my female friends and family to take off their tops for me and pose holding a variety of balls to cover their breasts.
Oddly enough, many of them said yes…and here’s why.
there’s one story from Greek Mythology that everyone knows, it’s the tale of
shall refresh your memory in case it’s been a while.
Young, handsome demi-god Perseus was charged with killing the hideous snake-headed
Medusa and bringing back her head to an evil king for reasons way too complicated to tell here.
tricky thing was that if you so much as looked at Medusa, you’d turn to stone
Perseus, armed with a mirrored shield (given to him by Athena)
killed Medusa by looking only at her reflection, not at her actual stone-invoking face.
fun and adventure, except that’s not the whole story.
apocryphal story of Medusa, through a feminist lens, is classic rape-victim-blaming
at its most horrific and deadly.
before the Perseus beheading story, Medusa was a beautiful young woman.
raped by the God Poseidon in Athena’s Temple.
angered that her temple had been desecrated, took vengence on the victim Medusa…not the
rapist, Poseidon.Blaming Medusa’s
beauty, Athena made it so no man could ever look at her again. She cursed innocent
and lovely Medusa to become a snake-headed gorgon whose glance turns those who
look at her into stone.
rape-victim-blaming story has repeated itself throughout time, and continues
through news stories and political events happening right this minute…thus the reason for my rushing this post to publication.
my painting, I have re-imagined the hideous gorgon and restored Medusa’s youthful
beauty and innocence. I have also given her a hashtag stigmata; a merging of Greek,
Christian and Contemporary iconography.
Hashtag Stigmata detail #me(dusa)too
painting is called #me(dusa)too.
is cast as one of the evil ones in this story, isn’t she?
fear not, future paintings and blogs will also address THAT myth
too… the myth of the powerful queen who does everything she can to keep other women down. This queen bee theme is repeated over and over in religion, mythology, fairy tales and political smear campaigns. It desperately needs retelling…and that’s just what I’ll
be doing in the coming months! Stay tuned!