Greek mythology and constellations are fascinatingly interwoven. Castor and Pollux and Cassiopeia are my woven interpretations of these tales, embedded as codes. Throughout herstory, weaving has been a convenient means of transmitting secrets. Zoom in and you will see the coded patterns floating on the surface of each panel against the backgrounds of meandering color transitions.

Castor and Pollux

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Castor and Pollux

Castor and Pollux are the Gemini twins. Born of Queen Leda of Sparta, Castor is her son by her husband, King Tyndareus of Sparta. Pollux is the spawn of the God Zeus, who disguises himself as a swan to “seduce” lovely Queen Leda. Leda has just bedded her husband the king, conceiving Castor; Pollux is added to her womb. Gods and mortals interbreed in mythology, ambiguous parentage is the norm, and birthing takes mystical formats – Queen Leda lays eggs that become her twins. Later, as young adults, Castor and Pollux raise some hell in Sparta and Castor is killed. A devastated Pollux implores his father, all powerful Zeus, to reunite them. Zeus could revive Castor but instead he sends both off into the sky where they become the Gemini constellation. What a guy.

Castor and PolluxFiber: Hand Woven, Hand Dyed Yarns, Size: $21” x 34”   Price $500.00  Diptych price for both Castor and Pollux and Cassiopeia, $750.00.  

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Cassiopeia

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Cassiopeia

Cassiopeia is the excessively vain and boastful Queen of Aethiopia. She brags incessantly that her daughter Andromeda is more beautiful than all the nymphs in the sea. This angers Poseidon, God of the Sea, and he banishes Cassiopeia to a distant point in the sky, spinning precariously around the North Pole for all eternity. Andromeda is banished as well but meets a different fate. She is stripped naked and bound to a rock in the Mediterranean Sea. Perseus, a mortal son of Zeus, is returning victorious from slaying the snake-headed monster Medusa. He finds and rescues Andromeda who marries him. They live happily ever after while Cassiopeia spins and spins in the northern sky. 

Cassiopeia – Fiber: Hand Woven, Hand Dyed Yarns, Size: 21” x 34”   Price $500.00. Diptych price for both artworks, Castor and Pollux and Cassiopeia,  $750.00

Available in my Etsy shop: Etsy.com/PamelaPalmaDesigns