The Voice of the Sibyl

The story goes that the Sibyl of Cumae kind of traded her virginity to Apollo for an approximation of eternal life (as many years as there were grains of sand in her hands).  When he came to collect, however, she refused him.  Angered, he took away eternal youth, which he had granted as a rider along with her years.  Her body shriveled to dust which hung in a jar in her cave at Cumae, but her voice, and her power of prophecy, remained strong.  She was a favorite guide to the land of the dead, the entrance of which was near her cave.

The installation is made up of several parts:

100% Guaranteed Accurate Topographical Maps to the Land of the Dead of various sizes.  Some are 24 and 23 carat gold and pure pigment on board, some are metal leaf and pure pigment on board, and some are metal leaf and paint on board.  The large map (4.5’x7.5′) is metal leaf and pure pigment on paper.

“In their adult stage Io moths have no mouths; they mate and die.”  The Sibyl purportedly wrote some of her prophecies on leaves, which the wind then scattered.  She gave no assistance in re-assembling them, making them all but useless.  Paper, pencil, text, and double-glass frame.

Enclosures and Io moths, which will hatch, mate, and die during the course of the show.
Porcelain skulls.
Audio.

<em>The Voice of the Sibyl,</em> 2014

 

The Voice of the Sibyl, detail of frightened moth and cocoons (inside enclosure), 2014