The story of Diana, the Roman Goddess of the Hunt, and her interaction with the deer hunter Actaeon is fascinating from a both mythological and feminist points of view, but the twist of fate is sad. Poor Actaeon, looking through the trees at Diana bathing in a river, had no idea the merciless Goddess would turn him into a stag, only to be torn to pieces and devoured by his own hounds. A high price to pay for a perhaps accidental peek at the beautiful Goddess. At the same time one can’t help but be impressed with Diana’s fierce will, independence, strength, her love of nature, her protectiveness over the young, and her power over men.
Magnificent Beast pairs photographs of modern day women deer hunters with excerpts from Ted Hughes’ translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses story of Diana and Actaeon. The book is bound using Kevin Steele’s multiple layer accordion structure. Looking through the layers of the accordion is like looking through trees in the woods.
|Press Name/Publisher||Simply Books, Ltd.|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Archival Pigment Printing|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Kevin Steele’s multiple layer accordion structure|
|Paper Stock||Accordion: archival pigment prints, Canson Colorline papers. Cover: binders board covered with handmade paper that looks like animal hide made by Andrea Peterson at Hook Pottery Paper|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||12 x 3 x .875 inches closed. Extends out to 27 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 25|
|Box/ Wrapper||Paper wrapper|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed and numbered|