The three Erinyes on the Guardian


Olga Handeli’s work featured on the top British newspaper – The Guardian.

Read the article here

Due to the dismal epoch we are living in, which entails the constant threat of collapse along with the corrupted power and morality, we realize again the impotance of awakening the values in order to exit the contemporary crisis. It is the time for reorganization, introspection and reconsideration. We need these regulative powers that never forget the necessary terms for the balance of the external as well as the internal world.

Is it then the time to recall these underground deities, the Erinyes, so as to conserve and maintain the ethical order and the eternal laws of the human beings?

I trace back to the past, the tradition and the myths in order to bring hope for a catharsis. The Erinyes always used to work with a determinative and normative way. The Erinyes are deities who panished anyone who violated the ethical rule. They are daughters of Uranus who was castrated by his son Cronus. Erinyes were created by Uranus blood spilled over Gaia.

In the subsequent traditions, the Erinyes were three:

  • Alecto (she is the Fury that nothing assuages her)
  • Tisiphone (the avenging murderer)
  • Megaira (the invidious, the spirit of hatred)

In contemporary times there is a derangement of the concept of justice, which presents a sense of diffusible demand to fight injustice, illegality and corruption. We invoke them to come with the purpose to inverse the difficult points of our time. I attempt to express visually the strong feelings that I have, verging on the dark and ancient but also so contemporay world of the Erinyes.