Perseus Liberating Andromeda by Peter Paul Rubens
Social Issue: Lack of compassion in today’s world
Why I choose this painting: I choose this painting, because this is where the whole knight in shining armor rescuing the damsel in distress got started. If Perseus had not stopped on his journey home and rescue the helpless Andromeda, she would have been dead. She ended up tied and being sacrificed due to her mother’s vanity that angered some very powerful gods.
Q: How do you perceive, or not, the influences of Cinema, popular culture, advertisement and graffiti in his work?
The words remind me of the old Batman TV shows, where instead of showing the punches connecting, they showed words instead. The style is in a “graffiti” way and like the style I have seen wall murals done in. I can see influences of the Cinema in some of the pictures, like the one titled “Gumivore Love” it’s like two alien innovators destroying earth and a plant and butterflies are fighting back. The work “Turtle God” reminds me of some creatures from an 1984 anima movie called “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” I don’t really see much to do with advertisements or popular culture off the bat.
Mariko Mori is incorporating a more traditional Japanese look and feel in their work. However, unlike traditional Buddhism, Mariko seems to be representing Buddha with a female and not a male. With use of the lotus, elements that are represented with the colors & fire, and enlightenment represented with the floating people just to name a few.
Buddha is said to have risen from the center of a lotus blossom. The lotus flower is symbolic for rebirth.
Pink Lotus: This the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity. Thus naturally it is associated with the Great Buddha himself.
Mythology: Saving Andromeda
As he was flying over Africa in his return home, Perseus encountered Atlas the Titan, a mythical giant, who challenged him. In their confrontation, Perseus used Medousa’s head to turn the Titan into stone. Perseus continued his journey home and, as he passed the kingdom of Ethiopia, he came upon the beautiful and helpless maiden Andromeda, chained to the rocks waiting to be devoured by a sea monster.
The beautiful Andromeda was the daughter of the Ethiopian king Cepheus and queen Cassiopeia. One day, the vain queen had bragged that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the Nereids, the sea nymphs. The sea nymphs fell angry to hear that and complained to Poseidon, the god of the sea. A furious Poseidon unleashed the sea monster Cetus to frequently ravage the coast and devastate the land of Ethiopia in order to avenge the insult to his wards, the Nereids. The desperate king Cephus appealed Zeus, who suggested the sacrifice of Andromeda as the only way to appease the wrathful Poseidon.
Thus it was that our hero Perseus found himself face to face with the beautiful Andromeda chained helplessly onto the rocks, awaiting her doom. Perseus immediately fell in love with the lovely maiden and promptly killed Cetus the beast, who had been licking his lips at the prospect of having a delicious meal.
Perseus took Andromeda to her father Cepheus and asked for her hand in marriage. This infuriated Andromeda’s uncle Phineus, to whom the maiden was already promised. During the ensuing quarrel, Perseus turned Phineus into a stone by showing him the head of the Gorgon Medousa.