Helen of Troy represents a host of contradictions for both men and women. The ancient tale that depicts her beauty, her promiscuity and her recklessness continues to both inspire and alienate women; and to titillate and entice men. The power that her extraordinary beauty had on men is undeniable, such that she is symbolic of man’s erotic desires. For women, she reflects the conflict between personal passion and social obligation. Every woman has a tinge of Helen’s power to control men, and every man a healthy bit of Paris’ desire to possess women. This work reflects Helen’s formidable allure with its smooth, oiled Mediterranean skin and voluptuous, bejeweled contours. Take care lest you fall under her spell.

Helen of Troy was awarded Third Place by the Pocono Mountain Arts Council.

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