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Modern-Day Lotus Eaters at Bill Lowe Gallery

Modern-Day Lotus Eaters at Bill Lowe Gallery

In Greek mythology such as Homer’s Odyssey, the lotus-eaters are mariners who, upon stumbling upon a beautiful but narcotic plant, become dreamy and aloof and lose their taste for the struggles of real life or their desire to return home. Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson also took up the subject of lotus-eaters in his poem of that name, but now the lotus-eaters are “mild-eyed melancholy” sirens of beauty. Lotus-eating became symbolic of a desire for escape: whether by sleep and dreaming, drugs, beauty or, lastly, art.
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