Framed mixed media (collage with ink) painting, 750 x 1020 mm by South African born artist Susan Moxley, who now lives and works in Oxford.
“Aegea” was a central picture in the recent exhibition ‘Crossing the Aegean’ at the Sewell Gallery, Radley. The exhibition forced viewers to look again at the idyllic picture of the peaceful calm Mediterranean Sea that peppers our travel brochures with seductive imaginary. The calm blue strokes of Aegean still offer the dream of a different life, of hope and peace, but one imbued with a dark undercurrent of danger and fear for those who have recently crossed it. The Aegean has for centuries seen forced crossings between the west and east, and ancient myths and legends which have become part history of the area.
‘Crossing the Aegean’ is a continuation of Moxley’s previous ‘Baghdad Series’, which recalibrated the ancient Persian Kalila Wa Dimna fables of greed and envy within a contemporary context of war, violence and hope.
Aegea, queen of the Amazons, is an eponym of the Aegean Sea. Legend says she commanded an army of Amazon women warriors which travelled from Libya to Asia Minor to fight at Troy, and that she perished at sea with her army. She journeyed on the waves alone not caring for ships and boats.