PasiphaŽ was happily married to Minos, the king of Crete, and together they had eight children. Things were going fine until one day the god, Poseidon, decided to curse her. He made PasiphaŽ fall in love with a white bull, and so she gave birth to Asterion, half man, half beast.
It is the myth of the minotaur that fascinates American artist, Mary Reid Kelley, who, for her second exhibition at the Pilar Corrias gallery Swinburne's Pasiphae. It is the second in a trilogy series, that explore the Minoan family tree through film, props, drawings, and photographic portraits. Entry is free and runs until the 4th October.
The exhibit is inspired by the text of Algernon Charles Swinburne, whose poem was unpublished during his lifetime due to its overt sexual themes.
Kelley casts herself in role of PasiphaŽ, and becomes almost unrecognisable, hidden behind makeup, wigs, and monochromatic images.