Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908)
“Medusa” (c. 1854)
Located in the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
At a time when less than 1% of American women went to college, Hosmer studied anatomy and moved to Rome to study sculpture. In 1858 she established her own sculpture studio in Rome, leading a team of more than twenty men. Hosmer often depicted strong female figures; such as Medusa, who in Greek Mythology was a beautiful woman that was transformed into a Gorgon, a creature with snakes for hair, whose gaze turned those who looked at her to stone. Hosmer’s compassionate rendering shows Medusa’s transformation in progress, snakes intertwined with her lovely hair.
I have been having a rough and scary time recently. My mom has always been my best friend, my supporter and my anchor. And recently I have been untethered to my anchor. She’s been hospitalized for a couple of weeks. Several times I thought she’d never come home again.
It’s because of my mom havekat exists. She allows me to paint full time. Something she won’t be able to help with for awhile.
In the midst of my mom’s health crisis my dog Sadie (diminutive of Cressida) also had a meat death medical crisis. Through Etsy Sales and donations I have been able to pay $850 of the now $2200 vet bill. I’ve also been able to buy food.
Sales however have dropped off. Please buy a painting if you can. All of my work is for sale. Only about ¼ of my paintings seen on havekat are listed on Etsy so if you have a favorite please message me. I can also make significant discounts to accommodate smaller budgets.