London's Galatea / by Gidi Meir Morris

As a child I found myself, like many other children, deeply inspired by Roman mythology, as depicted in their poetry and literature.

One of the stories which always stuck with me was one which, while many seem to remember it’s story, doesn’t seem to have actually been read by most people.

The poet Ovid’s poem called “Books of Transformations”, is a narrative poem, comprised of no less than fifteen book, laying out almost two-hundred and fifty myths, which tell the tales of the world’s creation.

One of these myths is the story of the Greek sculptor Pygmalion, who having created an exquisite ivory statue of a beautiful woman, and having found himself frustrated by the women surrounding him, fell in love with his own creation’s beauty and purity.

Knowing that his love for his statue would undoubtedly be unrequited, seeing as she was made of ivory, Pygmalion made an offering to goddess Aphrodite and asked her, quietly whispering, for her to bless him with a bride who would be “the living likeness of my ivory girl”.

Aphrodite, who must have approved of Pygmalion’s wish for a beautiful and pure woman, rather than the women around him, who the myth labels “prostitutes”, grants him his wish and bring the statue to life.

The ivory statue, now a woman, was name Galatea and she joined Pygmalion in marriage, parenthood and continued worshipping of the Great Goddess.

I have long wanted to depict this story in some form or another, and surprisingly, having recently relocated to London in further the pursuit of my dreams, I found myself inspired by the city’s architecture to revisit this old myth.

My latest art series, title Monolith, is my own vision into Galatea’s transformation, from statue to woman and from women to lover.

The series is a timeline, comprised of five stages, which should be viewed from left to right.

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Here are the stages, by order, in high quality.

Like most of my work, this series was created to a soundtrack of sorts.

Usually when delving into a piece of work I end up choosing one artist or even just one song to listen to in a loop while I work.

I have found this helps me maintain a coherent and repeated style throughout the images, as I find the music I am listening to at the time, can greatly affect the way in which I process the images.

This series was created to the tune of Young by The Paper Kites, whose music video is a piece of art in it’s own right.