Selene and Endymion, 2013, earthenware, limited edition of twelve, 55cmx55cm
The initial inspiration for this relief came from G.F.Watts's two paintings both titled Endymion from 1872 and 1903, as well as the bas-relief work of Gilbert Bayes
Throughout greek mythlogy there are various accounts of the love between Selene, the Titan Moon goddess, and the mortal Endymion, a young shepherd prince. According to Apollonius of Rhodes, Selene loved Endymion with such intensity that she asked his father, Zeus, to grant him immortatlity and eternal youth; Zeus consented on condition that he remained eternally asleep. He was lain in a cave on Mount Latmos (The Mount of Oblivion) where his lover the Moon, driven by the strength of their bond, would visit him each night and appear in his dreams. Thus the rays of the amorous moon come to caress the sleep of mortals. I found the story of these lovers along with the mysterious attraction of moonlight deeply appealing. The efforts and sacrifices lovers make to remain together are a common human experience and a theme prevalent in the art of cultures across the world
John Keats elaborated on the Greek myth in his poem Endymion beginning with the well known line “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever”.