David Austen: The Gorgon's Dream

A black and white silent film turned book.

The Gorgon’s Dream is David Austen's haunting interpretation of a small bronze sculpture in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Made in the 16th century by Benuvenuto Cellini, the sculpture depicts the head of Medusa held tightly in a fist, a model for 'Perseus and the Medusa' in Florence. At once violent and seemingly gentle, the sculpture struck Austen as disconcertingly similar to a photograph by Lee Miller; the back of the head of a coifed woman, her own hand grasping her hair.

 

Available for £15.