Lady Godiva’s Ride


Lady Godiva’s Ride is part of the Mythos/Dogma series, of which an underlying theme is the restitution of agency to the female figures of mythology and canon. In a way, it’s a retelling of a story so long dominated by male perspective, ambition and dominance. I find the original legend of Lady Godiva empowering in today’s growing wealth inequity, a setting that sees the leech-like proliferation of pay-day loan stores, so common in poor and desperate areas. The story has long been fetishized, detracting from the original meaning as a stand against unjust taxation, oppression, and extortion. In the 13th century legend, Lady Godiva was an English noblewoman who continuously appealed to her husband to remit the oppressive tolls on his tenants to his complete obstinacy. He relented, however, under the condition that he would grant her request only if she would strip naked and ride on a horse through the streets of the town. Expecting her to demure and finish her entreaties on behalf of the tenants, the husband was surprised when Lady Godiva took him at his word. Dressed only in her hair, she rode naked though the streets of Coventry whose townspeople closed there windows and shut their eyes in deference to her act on their behalf.



Archival giclée print on artist-quality, cold-press watercolor paper.

Print size: Width 11″ X Height 15″

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