Day 20. Breakable + Serpent 🐍🐍🐍
My initial idea for this piece was a porcelain serpent that was broken and glued back together (inspired by a toy I once had that were little connectors that broke apart and clipped together like a snake, and also by a spoon that I glued together only to instantly break again). I ended up going with a broken story about a broken serpent underneath a pile of serpents broken up by the page (I may have taken the prompt too far). Anyway.
Legend has it that Medusa was once a beautiful woman, and proving that beauty is not necessarily a blessing, was raped by Poseidon, god of the sea, at the temple of Athena. This angered Athena who, being the goddess of wisdom as well as war, took the odd but unsurprising route of being offended by Medusa, and turned her into a Gorgon, a monster with venomous snakes for hair whose look turned any living creature to stone. Having now created a monster, Athena lent her mirrored shield to Perseus who was sent to kill Medusa. With the winged sandals of Hermes, the messenger god, the Helm of invisibility from Hades, god of the Underworld, and the sword of Hephaestus, the blacksmith god of volcanoes, Perseus slew Medusa. At her beheading, the winged horse Pegasus and the giant Chrysaor sprang from her body. Perseus kept her head as a weapon affixed to Athena's shield, and transported it back home. As her blood spilled over the shore, corals sprang up and formed in the Red Sea, and as they passed through the Sahara, drops of her blood grew into vipers that live there still.