David Austen The Gorgons Dream

The Gorgon’s Dream (artist book) (2012)

The Gorgon’s Dream
David Austen

LemonMelon 2012 | £15 | Softback | 32pp | 20 x 28 cm | ISBN 978 1 908260 09 3 | Signed and numbered limited edition of 200 copies

A black and white silent film turned book.

The Gorgon’s Dream is Austen’s haunting interpretation of a small bronze sculpture in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Made in the 16th century by Benuvenuto Cellini, the sculpture depicts the head of Medusa held tightly in a fist, a model for ‘Perseus and the Medusa’ in Florence. At once violent and seemingly gentle, the sculpture struck Austen as disconcertingly similar to a photograph by Lee Miller; the back of the head of a coifed woman, her own hand grasping her hair.

Lemonmelon Press 2012