Vexed to nightmare
This painting is an alteration of Rubens’ Hygieia, Goddess of Health from 1615. Mockrin isolates the original image's depiction of a snake coiled around a woman’s arm with fangs bared, ready to strike. While the original work shows the Goddess of Health calm in the face of danger, Mockrin’s close cropping emphasizes the snake’s ferocious rejection of human mastery. This painting is a response to our current political climate, highlighting humans’ exploitation of nature and the rising tide of environmental collapse.
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Jesse Mockrin’s paintings refer to symbolic traditions and cultural narratives in the history of European art. She uses methods of cropping, enlargement and combination to destabilize and invigorate the works she references, adding new significance even where her renditions remain faithful. Her work often addresses gender and androgyny by reclaiming stories from a feminist perspective.