“I spend a lot of time thinking about the representation of women in art historically. I wanted to create a female nude that was not sexualized in a way that was catered to a male gaze and that held a lot of power. I began to think about the realities of my everyday life, the large amounts of time I spend alone when not working and what I choose to do when there are no eyes trailing me.
With all this in mind I also began to reflect on the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan (Zeus). The story goes that Zeus disguises himself as a swam and rapes Leda, the “Queen” of Sparta. Rape is such a consistent theme in Greek myths and yet is almost every time brushed over or romanticized, see: Medusa. Thinking about this aggressive story and the somewhat phallic nature of a swan’s head, I decided to flip this symbol, giving Leda the power to relax.
Out of all of this came my painting Leda Relaxes after a Hectic Week, in which the protagonist sits, drinking martinis and smoking in her messy room, unafraid of the treat of the swan as she now holds that power herself.”