Leda and the Swan: The Original Rape Myth > ink drawing: Leda's Evolution

The ancient Greek myth where Zeus, disguised as a swan rapes Leda, a mythical goddess, has its origin in even more ancient roots. The patriarchal Greek version envisions Leda subjugated by Zeus but earlier version, has her a victor in the "Love-Chase" game.

These myths became an obsession of mine because until this day myths about rape are alive and well in popular culture. For more than a decade, I have returned frequently to this myth, identifying with Leda struggles and ultimate transcendence.

Dancing Leda on turtle, white swan
ink on Chinese paper
24 x 20"
2012
Dancing Leda on turtle, white and black swan
ink, watercolor on paper
30 x 22"
2012
Dancing Leda on turtle, white swan
ink, watercolor on paper
30 x 22"
2012
sitting Leda, watercolor and swan with out stretched wings
ink on Chinese paper
34 x 19"
2016
sitting Leda, watercolor and swan with out stretched wings
ink on Chinese paper
39 x 20.5
2016
sitting Leda, watercolor and swan with out stretched wings
ink on Chinese paper
26 x 13.5"
2016
sitting Leda, watercolor and swan with out stretched wings
ink on Chinese paper
25 x 19"
2016
sitting Leda, watercolor and swan with out stretched wings
ink, watercolor on paper
19.25 x 27.5
2016
expressive ink brush painting, Leda supine, koi and black swan
ink, watercolor on paper
22 x 30"
2010
ink brush painting, leda, koi, large swan
ink, watercolor on paper
9.5 x 39"
2010
Supine girl floating on a turtle and an angry swan above her. She imagines walking away
ink, watercolor on paper
22 x 30"
2010
expressive ink brush painting, Leda supine, koi and black swan, red sky
ink, watercolor on paper
22 x 30"
2010