Rebecca Fontaine-Wolf | DAUGHTERS OF MEDUSA | 28th May 2019 | Zebra One Gallery
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DAUGHTERS OF MEDUSA | 28th May 2019 | Zebra One Gallery

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DAUGHTERS OF MEDUSA | 28th May 2019 | Zebra One Gallery

DAUGHTERS OF MEDUSA | 28th May 2019 | Zebra One Gallery

Launch event  | Tuesday 28th May 2019, 6 – 9.30 pm | the Old Street Gallery | 62 Paul Street | Shoreditch | London EC2A 4NA
Exhibition Dates: 30th May – 13th June 2019 | Zebra One Gallery  |1 Perrin’s Court |Hampstead | London | NW3 1QX


Mythology is full of stories of powerful and fearsome hybrid women such as the Medusa whose magical powers must be contained. She is a symbol of womanhood in itself, a representation of woman as the other. A dual image, beautiful and pure on the one side and monstrous on the other. This image is one we’ve carried with us for millennia and continues to shape our views of womanhood. It is inextricably linked with fertility and menstruation; the inherent ability to hold the cycle of life and death within one self.

The paintings, of myself and women I know, become both personal and universal at once; reflecting the lived experience of inhabiting a woman’s body. They are inspired by a combination of mythology, as well as personal stories and experiences. The power of the female gaze, which plays such a vital part in the story of Medusa, serves as one of the main focuses for the series of paintings. Even in medieval times it was considered that the glance from a menstruating or menopausal woman had the ability to poison, even kill, speaking to the immense threat perceived not only from women’s menstrual blood, but also from female power itself, from being seen by a knowing gaze.

This body of work reflects on the creative potential present in this very primal aspect of womanhood, which still holds so much fear and shame. The mixed emotions most women in today’s society still have towards their bodies and themselves, especially on those thresholds of change during the menarche and the menopause speak of Medusa’s legacy.

The paintings celebrate the female body through the power of the female gaze. Acknowledging and challenging negative cultural conditioning around women’s bodies and menstruation, as exemplified by the enduring myth of the Medusa.