I’ve had a number of people ask me about my influences. So I thought I would share a very important one. His name is Saturn, devourer of children. His portrait hangs above my bed.
According to ancient roman mythology, Saturn was son of god, the protector, and Sower of Seeds, and held a sickle in his right hand. Being jealous of his Father’s power, Saturn lay hidden in the dark and castrated his Father, then cut him into a thousand pieces with his sickle.
After destroying his father Saturn became the bloodied ruler of the Universe for untold ages.
Because of this, it was prophesied that one day, Saturn’s own child would destroy him. The power hungry god of the universe would have none of this. Every time his wife was pregnant Saturn would devour his own child immediately after birth. A delicious meal if I do say so myself.
Obviously this must have made his wife a bit displeased and she hid her sixth child, Jupiter, from the hungry eyes of Saturn. She deceived her ravenous husband by disguising stones in an infants cloth. Saturn devoured the counterfeit and was none the wiser.
When Jupiter was grown, he secured a job as cup-bearer to Saturn. One evening Jupiter slipped poison into his fathers chalice. After it was drunk and his father weakened Jupiter castrated and carved his father into a thousand pieces with Saturn’s own sickle, fulfilling the dark prophecy.
The painting that hangs above my bed is pictured above, I first saw it as a child. Saturn’s unforgiving, ever hungry eyes both deeply disturb and fascinate me. Keep a look out, and you will see his influence in my future work.
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