The Judith Stories

This series of paintings is based on the Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s treatment of the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes. In Mon Armor ( a play on the words armor and amour) I used Wonderwoman and Judith beheading Holofernes to represent the simple oppositional metaphors of superego and id. In The Judith Stories: Without Voice, I worked with a standing Judith figure whose defensive and protective gesture seemed to define her personal boundaries. I thought of the beheading scene as a metaphor for a mind/body split and for the fragmentary nature of identity. Here, the heroic figure of Judith represents a romantic notion of a “real,” a longed for but inaccessible figure of wholeness. I collapsed the figures of Judith and Holofernes into one, beheading Judith and overlaying her with contemporary images.

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