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Cassandra Two

By  Susan Banks 2024

“CassandraTwo” imprecisely relates to ceramics from Mycenae and motifs from Bronze age artifacts both contemporary and later. The painting signifies Cassandra who, despite extraordinary ability is usually represented as a perpetual victim. The work is intentionally painterly and untidy suggesting old, unstable surfaces. The painting is a collection of multiple quotations and borrowings, both uneasy and playful. 

Oil paint on deep canvas

Note. Cassandra was a daughter of King Priam and the prophetess who foretold the fall of Troy. She was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo but, as she rejected him, he cursed her so that nobody would believe her.

After the fall of Troy, taken as a concubine by Agamemnon and like him she was killed by his wife, Clytemnestra. 

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