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An allegory of dilemmas. Sometimes we are faced with dilemmas that tear us apart…

Sparagmos (σπαραγμός) means in Greek tearing to pieces, laceration, but also anguish, wrench, writhing, painful emotion.

In ancient Greek mythology, “sparagmos” refers to an ancient Dionysian ritual in which a living animal, or sometimes even a human being, would be sacrificed by being dismembered, by the tearing apart of limbs from the body. Sparagmos was frequently followed by omophagia (the eating of the raw flesh of the one dismembered).

Technique: ink on paper, photomanipulation and digital drawing

The female figure is inspired and readapted from an Ancient Greek pottery painting.

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  • Ina Mar
    Ina Maralmost 4 years ago

    I am not sure yet if I prefer the photomanipulation or just the ink drawing… or none…

  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampalmost 4 years ago

    it seems that humans have evolved from a barbaric and cannabalistic state,it makes sense
    take away civilised behaviour,and such thinks seem to re-occur or happen
    wonderfully animated ina
    the colours in the photomanipulation version provides the image with more pathos

  • Thank you for taking the time to comment, Charlie. In fact I painted this as an allegory of dilemmas… Oops, I guess I should add this in my description or title.

    – Ina Mar

  • Loui  Jover
    Loui Joveralmost 4 years ago

    i like the rawness of the drawing before manipulation.

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 4 years ago

    wow powerful & horrific.

  • ellejayerose
    ellejayerosealmost 4 years ago

    i like both – i think they are different yet equal in expression

  • annamora
    annamoraalmost 4 years ago

    I also like them both … and after a longer gazing : the one with photo-manipulation I prefer I think …
    .. I just love your themes Ina .. learning so much from you :)

  • Marianna Tankelevich
    Marianna Tanke...almost 4 years ago

    i like the drawing more… scary legend but very clever allegory…

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