Erishkegal (2000) Digital painting, incorporating collaged photographic elements and text.
I was reading a lot of paleohistory and books about Sumerian religous texts. I felt, all along, that Erishkegal (the goddess of the underworld and gaurdian of the dead) kind of got the short end of the stick during the world's creation. She certainly isn't happy in the Songs of Innana, she obviously feels cheated, and is envious of the real life that the love/fertility goddess gets to have.
I wanted to make a portrait of her as the bride of the underworld. This is it.