Oedipus and Sphinx

“A thing there is whose voice is one; Whose feet are four and two and three. So mutable a thing is none That moves in earth or sky or sea. When on most feet this thing doth go, Its strength is weakest and its pace most slow.” (Athenaeus’ version of the Sphinx’ riddle)

My European Faces: Ananke, Goddess of Fate, Greek, European

On 11.April 2019, a long extension for Great Britain is reached: Ananke is reminding Europeans of the necessity of the Law of Nature. According to Orphism, Ananke formed herself at the dawn of creation in an incorporeal, serpentine form, her outstretched arms encompassing the cosmos. Ananke and Time (Chronos) are belonging together, holding each other in serpent form as a tie around the universe. Their destructive act, of crushing an egg (big bang), created the decomposed parts that formed earth, heaven, and ocean. Ananke, mother of the Moirai is universal, Greek, and also European.

My European Faces: Quasimodo, exploited creature, French, European

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1939: Exploited creature, cruel mob, abuse of power, persecuted minority; the film is based on a book by Victor Hugo, a French writer, starring Sir Charles Laughton, a British actor, directed by William Dieterle, a German director, and filmed while Germany tried to subdue Europe. When Laughton heard the news that Great Britain had declared war on Germany, he rang the bells until he collapsed. Just another European story… 

Overconfident Sauropod

On a melting wrench, reptile-faced figurines on monocycles speed down a rail into a hot void.

What’s in a Face?

Which face do I choose to show the world? This post features some examples of how I developed my visual online identity. The portrait above was my second contender.