Daphne …..

Daphne - One Billion Rising £25

On Thursday 14th of February the  global event ‘One Billion Rising” took place to bring awareness to the fact that 1 in 3 women in the world will be raped or abused in her lifetime. Many women and men connected with this event . On that day I printed the nymph Daphne being chased by Apollo who intended to rape her ….She called out to her father the River God Peneus who turned to Gaia for help. Suddenly, her skin turned into bark, her hair became leaves, and her arms were transformed into branches. She stopped running as her feet became rooted to the ground. Apollo embraced the branches, but even the branches shrank away from him. Since Apollo could no longer take her as his wife, he vowed to tend her as his tree, and promised that her leaves would decorate the heads of leaders as crowns, and that her leaves were also to be depicted on weapons. Apollo also used his powers of eternal youth and immortality to render her ever green. Since then, the leaves of the Bay Laurel tree have never known decay.

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Linda Hill
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