Judith’s boots are made for walking

17 Nov

You met Elisa Johns earlier, and here she is again with one for the road.   With Judith in booty-shaking red boots.

Elisa Johns, “Judith and the Head of Holofernes,” 2010, Oil on canvas, 172.72 x243.84 cm, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY, USA

In the painting “Judith’s return to Bethulia”, the murderous siren reclines in the desert with her horse, contemplating her recent seduction and beheading of the Assyrian leader Holofernes from whom she saved her town of Bethulia. Thickly rendered embroidery on Judith’s bodice nearly melts into the canvas. The ground beneath her quietly fades away to white, the landscape becoming an element of fantasy(1).

Hmmm.  I do not remember anything about a horse. Or Judith taking the time to recline in the desert.   And I do not see the maid or the head.   Are we sure this is the right story?

(1), April 9, 2010: Inspired by Heroines of Myth, Elisa Johns Presents New Work at Mike Weiss Gallery

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What it really reminds me of is another type of siren:

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Cacciatore


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