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Naked leda bathing, swan approaching
What's This?
oil on linen
60 x 79"
2016

In 2004, Ohio based poet, Maj Ragain poetically responded to my painting with his poem, Leda’s Voice, Under Sky, Over Water. My following works have been a response to his poem. The latest Leda painting, “What’s This?” is a direct response to his opening couplet:
“I lie in the wreckage of my longing
Which called him down to me.”

What’s This? describes the moment just before her violation. I leave it to the viewer to study Leda’s expression and characters in the painting and to draw their own conclusions.