Rape of Zeus


Oil and acrylic on canvas
6'H x 8' W x 2" D

The Rape of Zeus, is consistent with Honig’s oeuvre. Zeus, the most potent character in Greek mythology, is seen as a typical and hormonal male. The Swan is viewed as a comparable figure, performing fellatio on Zeus. Symbols of the God Zeus, including his wearing of horns and carved oak leaves in the painting’s frame, does not confirm his dominance here and the viewer is unsure whether he is receiving pleasure or pain from the Swan. This imagery is not about gender dominance but exploring the gray areas of sexuality.