‘Cassandra after the fact’
2nd place, Lucato Peace Prize 2009
(in Ballarat U collection)
In this piece the artist pays homage to Solomon J. Solomon’s ‘Ajax and Cassandra.’ Andrew Potter's painting tells of the subsequent event. Cassandra is undoubtedly a casualty of the Trojan War. The image of Cassandra symbolizes the personal pain of widows and rape victims. The flow of the fabric is the allegory of bloodshed. While the empty jar suggests the displacement of refugees. Cassandra’s body, as mother earth, is a metaphor for the peaceful landscape that is desecrated by acts of war.
Simply, these iconic figures exemplify and demonstrate why peace is always better than war.