ABOUT: Eros is the Greek god of love and sex. This is part of my Gods, Demons, and Scoundrels series. Though the notion of desire and lust seems straightforward, we know how very, very complex this truly is. I used the mirror as a device as a metaphor to this other dimension.
ABOUT: Kasey speaks animatedly about travel and far away exotic places. She is a travel agent, organizing trips to those places she is enthusiastic about. Kasey has been to south and west Africa, and has seen much there. She brought the Vietnamese hat as a prop, and it seems most appropriate that she pose with it. She’s very responsive to the use of props and likes to assume the character of the hat or costume she is wearing.
ABOUT: Hermaphroditus was a remarkably handsome boy. The naiad, Salmacis, prayed to be united with him forever. In answer to her prayers, the two forms were united into one, thus being transformed in a hermaphrodite. The name is a compound of his parents’ names, Hermes and Aphrodite. Hermaphroditus is associated with marriage where the relationship embodies both masculine and feminine qualities.
ABOUT: Azlyn is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights, and describes herself as pansexual – attraction to others irrespective of gender. She also presents herself as ‘boyish’ and even her hairstyle – short cut on one side and long on the other – bespeaks of her nonbinary self. Azlyn’s top is both humorous and provocative. It challenges us to question gender identity, and assumptions of sex. Her pose is strong and defiant.
ABOUT: In Greek mythology, the Minotaur is a fabulous monster of Crete that had the body of a human and the head of a bull. Pasiphae, the wife of King Minos of Crete, was attracted to a snow-white bull sent to Minos by the god Poseidon for sacrifice. She had Daedalus, the greatest inventor of all time, create a disguise for her so that she could mate with the bull. The king, now a little upset, had Daedalus design an elaborate maze, the Labyrinth, in which to imprison the Minotaur. Eventually, the creature was killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. The Minotaur represents our raw, beastial self, unconstrained by civilized culture.