Work taken from Leda y el Cisne by Karen Paulina Biswell
(Tropical Mythology : Leda and the Swan)
“A sudden blow: the great wings beating still Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.”
(W.B. Yeats, ‘Leda and the Swan’)
The burning sun is beating down on lush vegetation, infusing it with fertility.
A desolate tennis court set against the backdrop of a typical Colombian
holiday home. The setting where this sublime narrative can be played out naturally. This work interprets the Greek myth of Leda, who was raped by Zeus
in form of a swan. Furthermore this body of work is an intimate performance that aims to translate the intensity of eternal quest for fertility, sexuality and fatality.
Karen Paulina Biswell was born in 1983 to Colombian parents who emigrated to Paris escaping the extreme political violence of the early 90’s.
Her varied oeuvre – which is consistently defying definition – is drawn
to subjects of vulnerability morality and human fate.
She is committed to capturing the lesser known aspects of contemporary life, the invisible and defiant elements of society, taking a deep interest in extreme states and the depths of the human mind and experience.
“I treated art as the supreme reality and life as a mere mode of fiction.” – Oscar Wilde