This drawing was inspired by the classic "Oedipus"
trilogy by Sophocles. In this tale the innocent young Oedipus is lead blindly
by the Gods to unwittingly perform the most unspeakable of acts murder
his father and marry his own mother. Some years later he realizes his crimes,
and in his grief he pierces his own eyes and is condemned to blindly wander
the land shunned as an outcast.
When the time finally comes for Oedipus to lay down his burden and enter
the underworld, his resting place is consecrated as a source of divine
power due to the unbreakable bonds of fate that tied him to the immortal
A pivotal moment in the tragedy is when the young Oedipus saves Thebes
from a monster with the head of a woman and the body of a dog. He solves
the famous riddle of the Sphinx, slays the monster, and as a reward is
given the queen of Thebes as a bride not knowing their fatal connection.
My drawing concerns the character of the Sphinx. Oedipus was lead to his
terrible fate by the Gods. Was the Sphinx being a thing divine
a party to the Gods' plans? Did she perhaps offer her throat to Oedipus'
sword fully knowing the role she was playing in this man's cruel destiny?
This drawing is meant to depict the Sphinx at the moment her riddle is
solved. Now she recognizes who is before her. She understands she is about
to die. She grieves over her own end, but is also filled with tenderness
towards this little man who, at his moment of triumph, is unwittingly condemning
himself to a life of unspeakable agonies.
"They Moved on May
"How Mike Passes the Time on Those
Snowy Winter Days"
Museums in England - The largest hall in the museum is dedicated to
World War II (with Korea occupying a small corner) and it may suffice to
say that the Tank Museum has the works! Address is: The Tank Museum, Bovington,
Dorset BH20 6JG, England (Page in On Armour Magazine)