Originally posted by sugarcookie1
But anyway you look at his art its very well done some of the best Ive seen..I like his lighting on the body parts and how he shows the fingers
digging into the flesh that makes it look so real and note how he shows one body as very dark and the other almost deathly white i think you get the
drift of what I'm saying sugarcookie1
I do, I do. Funnily enough I was reading yesterday a commentary on Homer's Iliad regarding the scene where Achilles and Agamemnon fight over who
gets the girl Briseis as a war prize. Agamemnon had originally been awarded Chryseis, but on the advice of his seer had agreed to ransom her back to
her father a Priest of Apollo, but only on condition that he receive Achilles' prize, Briseis. Homer takes this conflict back and forth, debating
the various rights and priviledges of the victor, of the relative power of ruler and general, and yet, at no point is Briseis herself considered. She
is the booty of war, mere flesh to be possessed, not a thinking, feeling being in any sense.
This in turn reminded me of another story, a true one this time, that I read some years ago, about a group of soldiers on patrol in Vietnam, who
captured a girl from her village, took her, gang raped her and then murdered her. When recounting the story to one of his bunk mates, who reported
the crime, one of these soldiers commented, that the experience was notable because it was the first time he had "made love to a lady" with his
boots on. Made love
Both these stories are evocative of Ferri's expression I believe, however, what I love about some of them, is their lack of supplication in the face
of male possessiveness...this one in particular...
The look of hurt defiance on the face combined with the exposure of the labia, her foot penetrated by a spear, imparts the power that she possesses of
her self. As in, the violation of the body, does not violate the spirit or detract from the valiance and integrity of the woman, she is not abased.
I find that image incredibly empowering. Similarly, though I can't find the still, of the woman chained looking down on the head of an aged man
placed between her legs, and the one of the woman scratching the face of the man who's mask has fallen to the ground. There are strong elements of
domestic violence in there that I find familiar, and I wonder at what Ferri witnessed as a child, and what a strong woman his mother probably is, or
was. He definately seems to seek to empower womanhood through his understanding of the historical context of the female condition, rather than debase
it. Again, yet another reason I find his work compelling, there are many themes and symbols that I find familiarity with, and though uncomfortable,
given my own experience, to look at, they almost have a therapeutic or cathartic quality.