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Contemporary Medusa Sculpture

Yuliia Khovbosha


Sculpture, Modeling on Clay

Size: 7.1 W x 9.8 H x 2.4 D in

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"Contemporary Medusa" is my artistic reinterpretation of the Greek myth surrounding the infamous Gorgon. Imagine Medusa, once just an average beautiful girl that caught the eye of Poseidon. But, Poseidon's advances weren't welcome. Medusa, upholding tradition ("no sin before the wedding"), tried to escape his persistent courtship, even seeking sanctuary in Athena's temple. Yet, Greek mythology takes a turn: Poseidon finds and violates Medusa within Athena's sacred walls. Shockingly, it was Athena who then cursed Medusa with her extravagant "Serpentarium" hairstyle - transforming her hair into a writhing mass of snakes and making anyone who beholds her turn to stone. Victim-blaming and ancient women's solidarity at its finest! "Contemporary Medusa" challenges viewers to reconsider Medusa's portrayal. Is she truly a monster or a victim of unjust punishment? This wall relief sculpture features a Venetian-style mask or woman's face from plaster, painted with acrylic, and adorned with silver leaf (Dutch metal). Hand-sculpted hyper-realistic flowers—white lily, purple rose, bellflowers, fleur-d'orange, and eucalyptus—surround the central figure, adding depth and symbolism to the narrative. Through this contemporary medium and subject matter, I aim to provoke reflection on enduring mythological themes and the complexities of Medusa's story, inviting viewers to engage with the intersection of ancient lore and modern interpretation. Not everything we used to believe to be wrong is actually wrong. The modern world should review its obsolete beliefs and superstitions. Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts 2023 Longlist (Surrey Muse Art, BC, Canada) – “Contemporary Medusa”

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Sculpture:Modeling on Clay

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Size:7.1 W x 9.8 H x 2.4 D in

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Yuliia Khovbosha is a Canadian-based sculptor born in Central Ukraine in 1989. She moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2023 due to war in her homeland and a threat to her life. Yuliia turned to sculpture to unveil art’s multifaceted nature without being confined to a single plane of perception. Inspired by nature’s subtleties, she explores human-nature connections and the world’s complexity. Beyond environmental concerns, the artist addresses personal themes like gender equality and wartime struggles, having experienced forced immigration from Ukraine. Meticulously crafting over a hundred plant species and expanding into the animal realm, she uses diverse materials to create realism through unique techniques. After graduating with a Bachelor of Audiovisual Arts (Kyiv International University) in 2010, Yuliia worked as a TV director for several years. Starting with creating high-realistic polymer clay flowers in 2014, Yuliia Khovbosha moved to more intricate sculptures. To express her vision, she constantly searches for new materials and even develops her exclusive tools. Her works were exposed in online and offline art exhibitions, such as “What Is Art?” Boomer Gallery, London, UK, “Hi! Hey! Hello.” The Dog and Bone Gallery, Brighton, UK, and 6th Annual Leaves and Petals Art Exhibition by Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, CA, USA, where her sculpture “Vicious Circle of Life” was awarded 3rd place. She was included in the Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts 2023 nominees longlist. Yuliia Khovbosha’s art was also published in Artwork Gallery Magazine and other press. ARTIST STATEMENT I turned to sculpture after extensive searching and experimenting due to its power to exhibit the artwork from various angles, unveiling its disguised visuals and impressions without being confined to a single plane of perception. My inspiration stems from nature’s patterns and details, often overlooked. Scrutiny of ordinary leaves or petals unveils their impeccability within intricate simplicity. Through my art, I reveal human-nature connections, emphasizing our mutual impact and stressing our limited knowledge of the sophisticated system we’re part of. This system stands beyond any cultural and ethnic boundaries, requiring protection to preserve the fragile balance of our planet. Yet, my art is broader than just the ecology.

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