In Greek mythology Medusa was originally a beautiful maiden who was later turned into a gorgon, a winged creature with snakes prominently in place of hair, whose face turned onlookers to stone. She was slain by the hero Perseus who gave her head to Athena to adorn her shield. Coincidentally, it is said that Pegasus sprang from Medusa's body upon her death, and that Atlas was transformed into the Atlas Mountains when he tried to attack Perseus as he flew by with her severed head. The ancient Greeks used the Medusa image as a form of protection against bad spirits and the evil eye. Medusa was represented in ancient art as either hideous (with bulging eyes, boar tusks, and beard) or as a beautiful woman after the 5th century BC, often with tiny wings on her forehead. I like to think that Medusa, being the only mortal gorgon, was still beautiful while her other gordon sisters were not. This piece consumed a lot of time (and clay) to sculpt (there are 46 visible snake heads). Unfortunately I didn't hollow out the head sufficiently, and a vertical crack formed down her left eye. Repairing this was the main reason I chose to paint the entire piece, and based on the results there may be a Medusa 2.0 at some point in the future. A slab of petrified wood fittingly serves as the base. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Medusa Wet Clay Model
Medusa Concept Sketch - iPad Pro with Apple Pencil