Charybdis (or Kharybdis) was once a beautiful naiad and the daughter of Poseidon and Gaia. Once a lovely maiden, Charybdis was loyal to her father in his endless feud with Zeus. She rode the hungry tides after Poseidon stirred up a storm, directing them onto beaches, destroying entire villages, submerging fields and drowning forests, claiming all in her path for the sea. She claimed so much land for her father's kingdom that Zeus became enraged and changed her into a monster.
In some variations of the story, Charybdis is simply a large whirlpool instead of a sea monster.
This short video is a project for art school. I wanted to explore the use of colour suspended in water, its twirling tendrils writhe in a mythical abstract dreamscape. There is a Rorshach quality to the fluctuating patterns melding and merging before the viewers eyes.
I chose the accompanying music Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) for it's association with the water nymphs and naiads that the Faun is trying to entice with his pan pipes.
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