The Raft of the Medusa is an early 19th century oil painting by Théodore Géricault. The 24 ft. wide canvas depicts the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse: a sordid tale of starvation, dehydration, and cannibalism. On canvas, Géricault managed to capture a macabre Romanticism. In re-imagining the painting, I first re-sketched the pose of every character, then used these sketches to photograph the models in the same positions. I stitched together my images to create an expansive digital canvas. I replaced dying men with healthy, beautiful young women, transposing the Romanticism of death with that of sexuality. Finally, I transferred the final image onto wood and inked in some abstraction.
Raft of the Medusa in Youth and Femininity
13" x 13"
Digital Photography, Ink, Wood