My poem “personifications” is posted along with the others selected for the challenge artwork “Salome” by Henri Regnault on The Ekphrastic Review today.
Regnault’s piece is well known but not typical of artists’ interpretations of the Biblical story (which has been altered in our consciousness by time and retelling also). Most painters choose to show either the dance, perhaps accompanied by a disembodied head, or a close up of a woman with a head on a platter. Here we have a woman, sitting, with a platter and a sword but no head. Is it supposed to be empowerment?
My collage, too, follows neither common narrative. I knew I had a dark female figure in the collage box that I wanted to use, and in the search for her I pulled out other elements that seemed to fit with her and my poem.
I always thought the story of Salome was just another example of humans refusing to take responsibility for their own actions and desires. None of the behavior, certainly, merits imitation. Blind obedience is just as bad as passing the buck (see: current world “leaders” and their followers…)
Once again, thanks to Review editor Lorette C. Luzajic for selecting my poem and supporting the call and response of poetry and art. You can read all the poetry and see the original artwork here.
I also really like Redon’s Salome, below.