Pygmalion

2015

Ink on Cardboard

70x50 cm

Pygmalion

An artist carves a statue of a woman and becomes so fond of his creation that treats it as a living human being, going as far as feeding and dressing it. Eventually, the intense power of his love and his strong will to bring it to life render the impossible possible: the statue turns into a womanand marries Pygmalion.

Yet, once he becomes aware of this ability to bring all his creations to life, he can no longer stop carving his wishes. Not surprisingly, his greed gets the better of him: riches and an army of warriors bring about a vast empire under Pygmalion’s despotic rule. But he is soon overcome

with a sense of futility as he comes to realize that he has yet to create what he loves best.

The origin of all desires and ambitions, that most cherished creation, is none other than the artist himself. Like everyone, Pygmalion loves himself over all else. So he carves a statue of his ownself.  At this point, his subjects rebel against their emperor who puts up a fight by carving the head of Medusa in order to turn them to stone. People, in return, hold a mirror to Pygmalion, reversing the effect and turning him into stone. As the angry mob take down and destroy this stony figure, the statue Pygmalion had carved of himself, just like his other creations, comes to life. This reborn Pygmalion, however, has no knowledge or memory of the past. The story must

begin anew. So the artist carves a statue of a woman and becomes so fond of his creation that treats it as a living human being . . .