“The Price of Terror”
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Of the works we journeyed through in Lit Hum, Ovid’s Metamorphoses instantly struck me with its intense visuals. I particularly felt a connection to the passages concerning punishment, warranted or not because each reflects a deep grown fear held by the people, or a voice on the injustice of the world. The three passages depicted are connected in the terror that comes in the form of a vicious creature as the cause of death, and the punishment inflicted because of the pain each produced. However, in each case that seemed as straightforward as good and evil at first, I reflected on the sadness they would express along with their rage, or the pity they may or may not deserve. I crafted each painting from the words of the story, as the imagery in Ovid is undeniably tied to his poetry, but shaped to the form of the animal, with perhaps a touch of regret in their eyes:
Lycaon’s anger turned to the howl of a wolf, only to be washed away by the waters of the flood (Book 1; 165)
Python as the unwanted evil among the earth’s new creations, to be quickly destroyed by a thousand of Apollo’s arrows (Book 1; 416)
Periclymenus in his eagle form, his foolhardy error was facing the might of Heracles (Book 12; 536)
Allison Scott (CC ’15) is studying Neuroscience and Behavior with the intention of going to medical school. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. In addition to her scientific interests, she also plays French horn in the CU Wind Ensemble, and illustrates for various campus publications.