Leda Zeus root of the Trojan War
Leda and the Swan, Trojan War, oil on canvas 72 inches by 48 inches 2012
Leda in Greek mythology, was daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of the king Tyndareus of Sparta.
According to the myth, Zeus appeared to her in the form of a swan, seducing and impregnating her. Leda produced four offspring from two eggs: Castor and Clytemnestra from one egg, and Helen and Polydeuces from the other.
As the mother of Helen of Troy, she is root of the “Time of Hero’s”, the Trojan War.
Zeus in this tale is demonstrated to be a “shape shifter”, a shaman entering our dimension and reality from another. He is an alien.
My painting dramatizes the origin of consciousness in humanity, an act initiating humanities realization they are there for the amusement of the Gods. Because Leda captures an essence of Zeus before he completely withdraws from her, the offspring of their union becomes conscious of His and the Gods motives toward humanity.
The consequence of Zeus’s intercourse with her is the Trojan War, a war culminating not only in the death of its major antagonists, except Odysseus, but also in the disappearance of their cultures. Odysseus, who is symbolic of man becoming dependant upon himself, is synonymous with consciousness.