Sold DotDionysus and Ampelos
2021
Oil on Panel
24"x18"
NFS

This depicts the origin of wine in Greek mythology. In it, Dionysus morns the death of his mortal lover, Ampelos, who is killed in a sporting accident. Dionysus resurrects him as a grapevine, making his corpse the source of wine, and hence ecstasy, revelation, and aesthetic pleasure. I add this to my revisionist histories because it provides such opportunity for bending gender expectations in Western art. Presumably because it is a story of homosexual love, it has been almost entirely ignored by Christian era European artists, even those who specialize in mythological art such as Boucher and Coypel. With this strongly Rococo aesthetic, I am inserting this story back into the Western image making tradition. Ya'll enjoy!
Current Work: Revisionist Histories