- Elizabeth Mikutowicz -
We're currently prepping for the release of our fifth collection and our second mini series in which we draw inspiration from the ocean and the various creatures that inhabit it. A little inside peak, we've molded some seahorses, crab claws, shells, and even urchin spikes to make the beautifully textured sea forms into adornment. We're aiming to have the first mini collection release in August.
Sirens are also often associated with the sea. In Greek Mythology, sirens were dangerous creatures that lured sailors to the rocky coastal shores of the islands they inhabited with their incredibly beautiful voices and songs. The word siren is derived from the words seira and eiro, which mean, "rope or cord" and "to tie, join, or fasten". Eventually this came to mean one who binds or entangles, specifically through their beautiful song.
Ulysses and the Sirens - Marie-François Firmin-Girard (1868)
One anecdote details Greek king, Odysseus, instructed his crew to tie him to the mast of his ship and plug their ears with beeswax to avoid the luring songs of the sirens. Upon hearing their voices, even the strongest willpower of a Greek king was no match for the sirens and Odysseus begged to be untied. To no avail, the crew could not hear his plea because they had stuffed beeswax in their ears. Interestingly, this exact anecdote is also the root of the phrase "Ulysses Pact" in which one knowingly enters into a pact that is designed to bind them in the future.
Ulysses and the Sirens - Herbert James Draper (1909)
The Sirens and Ulysses - William Etty (1837)
Although long associated with the sea, sirens are actually thought to be part bird. They have been shown in various forms, ranging from birds with human heads, to human bodies with bird legs and wings, to human bodies with bird heads. In some interpretations they are thought to be women with beautiful bodies and beautiful, bird-like voices. Regardless of bird or woman in any form, these creatures dwell in and near the sea, and have a dark and tempestuous legacy.
A Song of Joy and Sorrow - Vasnetsov
Photographer, film director, and writer Tyler Shields might be best known for his highly stylized and controversial Hollywood celebrity portraits, but he also was seductively drawn to capture mythology's dark edged Sirens
. His imagery evokes that of the paintings above; they are dreamy, yet give a taste of dark + danger with the rough landscapes juxtaposing the luring nude female forms.
Artist Daniel Vasquez, aka American Ghoul
, does an exquisite job of capturing his interpretation of sirens in a photoshoot entitled, fittingly, "Siren"
. The collection of photographs features veiled women in thorned crowns on a harsh, rocky coastline. These dark beauties, like their Greek counterparts, enrapture us with their beauty, but they are dangerous. Their billowing lace and organza robes are analogous to wings; and in these hauntingly beautiful scenes it's easy to imagine these women beckoning mortals to their rocky shores. Vasquez's photos are not subtle in suggesting the fate that awaits his sirens' prey. They hold skulls and ominously stand guard over their coastline, reminding us that beauty is dark just as it is light, and our existence, just like that of the creatures featured in our forthcoming collection, is transitory.