Homer’s Odyssey describes, among many other adventures, the plight of Odysseus’s men on the Island of the Lotus-eaters, on their return voyage to Ithaca from Troy. Eating the native lotus and inadvertently succumbing to its narcotic properties, the sea-faring soldiers become waylaid, forgetful, and immobilized. Over a thousand years later, in 1832, this same legend was retold by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem, The Lotos-Eaters.  Tennyson’s visual description of the isle and its inhabitants, in particular, informed these collaged drawings of the same subject. The pieces are about a generalized complacency, a nostalgic, weary disengagement; a distracted ‘giving up’ on cultural, political and even personal levels- issues as relevant today as they were in ancient Greece or England in the 'Age of Enlightenment.'    Island of the Lotus-Eaters: Perpetual Afternoon II,  Colored pencil and ink on vellum and paper, approx. 8" x 10," 2006.    

Homer’s Odyssey describes, among many other adventures, the plight of Odysseus’s men on the Island of the Lotus-eaters, on their return voyage to Ithaca from Troy. Eating the native lotus and inadvertently succumbing to its narcotic properties, the sea-faring soldiers become waylaid, forgetful, and immobilized. Over a thousand years later, in 1832, this same legend was retold by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem, The Lotos-Eaters.  Tennyson’s visual description of the isle and its inhabitants, in particular, informed these collaged drawings of the same subject. The pieces are about a generalized complacency, a nostalgic, weary disengagement; a distracted ‘giving up’ on cultural, political and even personal levels- issues as relevant today as they were in ancient Greece or England in the 'Age of Enlightenment.'

Island of the Lotus-Eaters: Perpetual Afternoon II, Colored pencil and ink on vellum and paper, approx. 8" x 10," 2006.

 

                     Island of the Lotus-Eaters: The Saint Comes at Dusk II,  Colored pencil and ink on vellum and paper, approx. 8" x 10," 2006.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Island of the Lotus-Eaters: The Saint Comes at Dusk II, Colored pencil and ink on vellum and paper, approx. 8" x 10," 2006.

 

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                     The Stoicist (Odysseus) , staples and pencil on paper and archival tape, approx. 12" x 8," 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stoicist (Odysseus), staples and pencil on paper and archival tape, approx. 12" x 8," 2006.

                     The Stoicist (Odysseus)- Reverse Side , staples and pencil on paper and archival tape, approx. 12" x 8," 2006.                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stoicist (Odysseus)- Reverse Side, staples and pencil on paper and archival tape, approx. 12" x 8," 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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