About this piece:
In some translations of Homer’s “Odyssey” the sirens’ sounds are described as only “haunting and beautiful”. In other translations the song praises Odysses as a hero. In this book the sirens sing a personal song of homeland, protection, duty, and death.
My images and content are often influenced by ancient literature and art images. The Siren has historically been seen as an evil saboteurs of men’s lives. My book shows that they were only protecting their homeland from outsiders. I often deconstruct and print on existing vintage books. The original book, my printed images, and text, work together to create a hybrid. This resurrects the old book into a new form. The inclusion of the 1837 edition of Homer’s “Odysses” into “Siren’s Song” shows the old version of the story and the new rewritten version.
Relief prints & letterpress on stonehenge &1837 edition of “Odyssey”
Stephanie Copoulos-Selle is an emeritus professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. It is included in collections of Library of Congress, Yale University, Otis College of Art and Design, University of Washington, Indiana University, Mills College, Quad Graphics and others. In 2008 she was awarded a Women’s Studio Workshop Grant and Artist’s Book Residency. She works in three mediums, artist’s books, prints, and pai