Peter Barbor, Ceramics BFA 2010
Actaeon is the central figure in an ancient Greek myth. A hunter who accidentally happens upon the virgin goddess Diana bathing in the woods, he is transformed into a stag and ripped limb from limb by his hounds as punishment for the transgression of viewing her unclothed body. As the hunter becomes the hunted, Actaeon dies as a direct result of the innocent sin of his sexuality. In this reiteration of the ancient story, Actaeon’s tragedy is embodied in the brittleness and fragility of bisqued and unfired clay. Helplessly suspended off the ground, Actaeon is reduced to the husk of a man, frozen in the futility of his transformation, both a man and a monster.