EVA DOLGYRA - Born and raised in Athens, Greece. Graduated in 2011 from the Glasgow School of Art, with a BA(Hons) in Visual Communication.

Now based in Glasgow, working as a Graphic Designer by day and Freelance Illustrator by night.

My influences cover a wide spectrum both thematically and geographically, with a particular fondness for themes touching on the strange, the bizarre and the imaginary.

Often reflected in my work is my soft spot for traditional printmaking; however I believe there is a right tool for each job and enjoy using my laptop just as much as I do a chisel.

If you’d like to get in touch, you can find me at evadolgyra@gmail.com
 


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Medusa (Μέδουσα), from the verb “μέδω“ meaning “to protect, rule over”. Also known by the name Gorgo (Γοργώ), meaning “wild glare”. 






In Greek mythology, Medusa and her two sisters, Stheno (Σθενώ) and Euryale (Ευρυάλη), where known as the Gorgons (Γοργόνες). Out of the three, Medusa was the only mortal. The Gorgons where said to have wings, sharp claws, tusks of boars and scaly skin.

According to Ovid’s version of the myth, Medusa was a pretty young woman, priestess in one of goddess Athena’s temples. Her beauty was such that it caught the attention of Poseidon, who proceeded to corner her in the temple and rape her.


Unable to take her anger out on Poseidon, an enraged Athena cursed Medusa, turning her into a fierce monster. Her long, curly locks transformed into snakes and anyone who looked her in the eye turned to stone.



Medusa is eventually beheaded by Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, who then uses her severed head in battle, as her gaze still retained its petrifying ability. He eventually hands the head over to Athena, who places it on her shield for its protective qualities.

Known as a “Gorgoneion” (Γοργόνειον), the Gorgon head became a symbol of protection, acting as an amulet to ward off evil, and can be seen on many ancient Greek objects such as shields, breastplates and mosaics.





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