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Athena Waligore

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Tree on Green, Digital C-Print, 20
Tree on Green, Digital C-Print, 20
Fabled 2010
In this body of work, I appropriated 15th century woodcut illustrations of Aesop’s Fables to create a personal image of dismantled and fragmented narrative. I selected parts of the original woodcut image and added my own marks with crayon, paint and scotch tape. I used basic digital technology including a flatbed scanner and photoshop to make large digital c-prints. My process was akin to ripping up these fables, although some of the original story can still be deduced from the images.

Red Feet, Digital C-Print, 20 x 24
Red Feet, Digital C-Print, 20 x 24

This work is photographic but it draws on other artistic languages. At their enlarged size as photographic prints, the crayon markings, paint brushstrokes and woodcut images are transformed. As my images could be mistaken for a painting and include some of the language of painting, this work confounds clear categorization.

The distance of the photographic medium makes the crayon marks and gouache impenetrable and emotionally removed. Functioning as a photographic work, the image is evidence of my actions as an artist and intended to raise emotional and conceptual questions about my artistic process.


Athena Waligore was born in Vermont in 1981. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 with a B.A. in Studio Art. She has lived and worked in New York City for the past eight years. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in New York City and elsewhere, including at the Camera Club of New York and NURTUREart. In 2007, she was awarded an emerging artist fellowship for a residency at the Global Arts Village in New Delhi, India, where she first began working with images from Aesop’s Fables.

The images are pictures of interrupted, dismantled and fragmented narrative. I am interested in fables because of their simplicity, and original didactic function. I am interested in the symbolism of the parts of the fable and way the animals have been personified. I am also interested in each fable’s changing function across cultures and thousands of years. While I have focused on a specific set of illustrations, I am interested in the way the narrative and illustration changed over the years.

I worked with children's material and content to reprocess stories of childhood, attempting to draw out new stories.
Flock, Digital C-Print, 20 x 24, 2010
Flock, Digital C-Print, 20 x 24, 2010

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