What drives the need to reproduce classical imagery? Are we trying to gain some understanding of our present emotions and situations by reflecting on what the past saw fit to etch in stone? Are we drawn to producing these translations of the divine and worshiped in order to connect to an ancient and forgotten language that might better articulate our humanity? Drawing from Anne Carson’s translations of the remaining fragmented work of the Greek poet Sappho, Fellini’s Satyricon, and the Parthenon in Nashville built for the Tennessee Centennial Expo of 1897, DiFronzo’s new body of work explores the role of sexuality and gender in myth and ritual focusing on the fluidity of certain words in that context. Words such as “krḗdemnon” which means the top of a wine vessel but also the veil worn by women.
Krystal DiFronzo (b.1989) is a Midwestern born artist, educator, and curator based in Chicago, IL. Her comics have been published by kuš!, Bred Press, and Believed Behavior as well as in multiple self-published minis. She has received an Honorable Mention in Best American Comics two years running. She currently co-edits a comics column for Bad At Sports and participates as Programming Coordinator for Humboldt Park based artist space Hume. This is her first solo exhibition.