“DisHollywood is his latest visual project which attempts to re-mix beloved characters from fairy tales with other entertainment icons from the world of cinema, celebrity and music.
It is also a barometer for measuring our tolerance and acceptance levels; a new way of observing the “happy ending” that trumpets the time of equality is now. In contrast to the baroque fantasy implied by the original, idealized presentation of these characters, a new context of social vulnerability shows the darker side of our contemporary society.”
Rusalki are fish-women, who lived at the bottom of rivers. In the middle of the night, they walk out onto the bank and dance in meadows. If they saw a handsome man, they would fascinate them with songs and dancing, mesmerize them, and then lead them away to the river floor to their death.
In Slavic lore especially, rusalka are “the spirits of girls who died ‘before their time’ and returned to live as spirit being in our world, near where they had once lived and died” [x]
Epona was a protector of horses, donkeys, and mules. She was particularly a goddess of fertility, as shown by her attributes of a patera, cornucopia, ears of grain and the presence of foals in some sculptures. She and her horses might also have been leaders of the soul in the after-life ride, with parallels in Rhiannon of the Mabinogion Unusual for a Celtic deity, most of whom were associated with specific localities, the worship of Epona, “the sole Celtic divinity ultimately worshiped in Rome itself,” was widespread in the Roman Empire between the first and third centuries AD. [x]