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clytia, sunflower, encaustic, wax painting, greek mythology
Encaustic and oil on plywood
30 x 30 cm

Inspired by a lesser known Greek myth, I painted the water nymph Clytia who was turned into a sunflower by the Greek god Apollo in a fit of jealous rage. I placed her in front of a homegrown sunflower in the form of a halo. Recently I discovered that sunflowers can purify polluted atmosphere. It's a form of healing just like the ability of a woman who can heal her surroundings in times of war. Every spring I sow sunflower seeds in my garden because they impress me with their fast growth, longevity and endurance.