Fem Femme FatalesPosted by myra sjöberg Mon, October 29, 2012 16:59:00
This is the latest painting in the Femme Fatales series.
It was inspired by the Japanese and Chinese myths of fox spirits known as the Kitsune or the Huli Jing.
They sort of snuck into my mind, because I somehow kept reading about them in different contexts - so when I was trying to assemble different types and takes on the classic femme fatale I felt like they would make an interesting addition.
And as I mentioned in my previous post, they share some traits with the Scandinavian elves - you can reveal their true identity if you get a glimpse of their tail...
Actually these fox spirits are know to have a lot of tails. They live for hundreds of years and for each year they gain a new tail - so if you see one with 7 or 9 tails you better beware.
In modern China they still call a home wrecker or a dangerous woman a Huli Jing.
I always like to create characters when I paint and I wanted the mood in this particular painting to be reminiscent of Twin Peaks and to have a sort of eerie melancholy. I very deliberately made my model more androgynous because I feel that it adds complexity to the story.
Fem Femme FatalesPosted by myra sjöberg Fri, October 26, 2012 14:17:25
Her er endnu et lille maleri fra den nye serie. Det er inspireret af de skandinaviske myter og sagn om elverpiger, der fanger unge mænd med deres hul i ryggen. I Sverige kaldes de skogsrå, i Norge huldra og man kan sjovt nok avsløre dem hvis man kan få øje på deres hale - et fællestræk som de deler med den kinesiske Huli Jing og den japanske Kitsune...men mere om det i næste opdatering:-)
Here is another small painting from the new series. It is inspired by the Scandinavian myths and legends of fairy women who capture men with their hollow backs. In Sweden they are called the Skogsrå, in Norway the Huldra and you can call them out if you get a glimpse of their tail - a trait which they share with the Chinese Huli Jing and the Japanese Kitsune...but more about that in the next update:-)
Fem Femme FatalesPosted by myra sjöberg Mon, October 15, 2012 01:36:43
Here's a look at my latest painting.
It's my version of the classic story of Leda and the Swan from Greek mythology. In the story Zeus seduces the young woman Leda in the guise of a swan with juicy consequences:-)
The photos are not of the best quality because I only had my own little camera at disposal, and my studio is in a basement, but if you click on each image you will be able to see it on my Flikr page in a larger scale.
In the following days I will post more pictures of the new paintings. And I am happy to announce that I will be a part of a group exhibition at gallery Wolfsen in Aalborg, Denmark from the 3rd to the 24th of November. Wolfsen's website: http://www.galeriewolfsen.dk