SEA MONSTERS                             by: Chris Huddleston

For human beings, the sea has always been a vast and mysterious body which has depths that are still largely unexplored. These unexplored depths could possibly be harboring terrifying creatures. This potential for the unimaginable has lead many artists towards using their imaginations or stories from their religion or culture to depict horrifying and awe inspiring creatures residing in the ocean. This exhibition contains artworks of sea monsters with most of them being based on Greek mythology. 

This small statue depicts a portion of the Greek story of Andromeda and Perseus. This artwork focuses on Andromeda and her feeling of terror towards the sea monster that Poseidon sent to devour her. I chose this piece because the style of art which made it look like Andromeda is in motion, interested me.
This low relief stone sculpture is believed to have been used as part of a sarcophagus then as part of a fountain. The artwork depicts Jonah and the whale. The whale is shown as a serpent sea monster. I chose this piece because for a Christian work I thought that it was interesting that the whale was depicted as a serpent.
This is a low relief sculpture on a bronze plaque depicts a fight between a sea monster and a dragon. The large humanoid monster could represent a god, such as Poseidon. I chose this because it was different from most other art depicting sea monsters because the sea monsters are attacking each other instead of a human.
This small bronze statue depicts a strange sea monster with strange webbed appendages. I chose this because the sculpture has a face resembling that of a humans in despair.
This wall painting depicts a scene in which sirens are trying to tempt sailors into crashing their galley. Because these creatures attack people in the ocean they are similar to other sea monsters. I chose this because this is the only sea monster that can't live in the water but use it to hunt.
Vernet's black and white chalk drawing depicts the Geek tragedy of the death of Hippolytos. His death is caused by a sea monster which spooked his horses causing an accident. I chose this drawing because it is one of the few artworks in which a sea monster scared an animal.
Turner's painting depicts the ocean nymph, Scylla, running from Glaucus because he had been turned into a sea monster. The terror he causes Scylla can be seen by the way her body is posed as if to look like she is running away. I chose this painting because of Turner's unique style of bold natural lighting.
This ink on parchment drawing shows a sea monster that looks like a giant fish. This monster's back is large enough to mislead sailors into thinking that it's unsubmerged back is an island. Once they set up camp the monster dives, drowning anyone that remains on it's back. I chose this drawing because the sea monster isn't depicted as a terrifying monster despite how deadly it is.
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