‘Leda and the Swan’ (2000)

Greek mythology was utilised by painters during the Renaissance as a opportunity to create sexualised and erotic work under an educated high art guise. With two precise cuts and a simple fold, an old cross-ply tyre is transformed into an elegant Swan ready to seduce Leda and the viewer. In the subsequent transformation of this object to an image, rubber to paint, the magic of illusion completes the seduction. Within the social environment, objects do not function as individual entities, they collude with one another and the rest of the environment in which they are situated. This painting highlights the shift in the use of sexualised imagery to the realm of popular culture.