WHITNEY LYNN


Artist Whitney Lynn explores the theme of the Siren: the female archetype of the temptress or femme fatale. Lynn complicates this stock character constructed to mark societal boundaries and to embody a gendered threat: Anne Boleyn’s six gloved fingers, a snake bite to the nipple referencing Cleopatra’s apocryphal suicide, Bathsheba in her bathtub, a fig leaf symbolizing Eve, a hand clutching Medea’s knife, Jezebel’s makeup brushes, and Delilah’s flowing hair. In Greek mythology, the beautiful songs of  sirens lured sailors to a rocky death. Unlike collectors and lucky fisherman, those sailors didn’t make it home with a treasured prize.