I've had a deep connection to the goddess Artemis since I was a child, and she's been making her presence known to me lately in very strong ways since my birthday earlier this month. My wonderful parents bought a figure of her for me at the Nashville Parthenon. Then a conversation with my mom's best friend revealed that there's a new Jean Shinoda Bolen book out, called Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, which my mom subsequently added to the present.
On my actual birthday, I popped into the ever-marvelous shop, Catbird, and discovered a new line of magick-infused bath and home products called Obeah which I fell in love with. After bringing home a bottle of their rosey bath crystals, I fell down the rabbit hole of their site and of proprietor-perfumer Jonathan Steadman's blog, wherein I discovered the work of Pierre Monestier featured above. And lo and behold, a recurring theme in Monestier's work is the Artemis and Actaeon myth, one of my very favorite stories, as I've mentioned before.
Monestier's work on the whole is ravishing and takes its cue from the Surrealists with its depictions of myth, sexuality, and bodily mutations. His painting style is a bit swollen like Léger, and his drawings in particular appeal to me, with their macaron-colored tints and and askew perspective. I would have featured his work regardless. But to find my dear Artemis appear there with her stag-headed watcher, well that was the icing on the cosmic cake.