Paintings Depict Celebrities in a Classical Way
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 [11:51 AM]
Ann Stewart Anderson's Hecuba
& Rosejuxtaposes the lives of Hecuba,
left, wife of
King of Troy Priam, and Rose Kennedy, wife of U.S.
businessman Joseph Kennedy Sr.,
who founded the Kennedy political dynasty.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- When painter Ann Stewart
Anderson sees Oprah Winfrey, she sees more than a famed media
Anderson, whose works will be on display in
"Mythic Women Juxtaposed" in the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C.
Begley Art Gallery through April 30, sees famous women such as
Oprah and Hillary Clinton as all manner of Greek goddesses and
"In the 'Mythic Women Juxtaposed' diptychs I use symbolism and
image to demonstrate the similarities between ancient mythic women
and their well-know contemporary counterparts," she said. "Thus
Hestia, goddess of the hearth reflects Julia Child, and Rosa Parks
defies an unfair system of law, as did Antigone."
Anderson's paintings depict modern women doing ordinary things
-- applying makeup, shopping for clothes, mourning for a dead
friend or enjoying a ladies' lunch -- but in ways that reflect
eternal truths of women.
To Anderson, "the sagas of Medea and Penelope," for example, two
characters from Greek mythology, take on "mythic is stature."
"These figures embody the essential attributes of all women;
knowing their histories explains our own," Anderson said of her
Anderson depicts many different characters in her paintings,
including such famous women as Hillary Clinton, globetrotting
Secretary of State, as a kind of Hera, the sometimes wronged wife
Ann Stewart Anderson "Mythic Women Juxtaposed" will be on
display through April 30 in the Lindsey Wilson College Lucretia C.
Begley Art Gallery. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. CT Monday-Friday. For
more information, contact LWC Professor of Art Tim Smith at email@example.com or (270)