The Stripping of Hypatia
Hypatia (c. 350-415 AD), was a renowned mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and head of the Neoplatonic school. Ancient accounts of Hypatia describe her as a dignified, intelligent, and 'virtuous' woman, who had the self-possession and ease of manner and that enabled her to frequently appear in public in the presence of the magistrates, not feeling abashed in going to an assembly of men. During the political and ideological battles for power of the city, she was murdered by a mob of Christian zealots, who tore off her flesh with oyster shells, potsherds and roof tiles while she was still alive. Afterward, the men proceeded to mutilate her and, finally, burn her limbs. Her death symbolically marks the end of classical antiquity and Alexandrian intellectual life.
A series of hand-drawn QR codes reveals a second series of artworks, self-portraits of the naked artist. When QR scanners become an extinct technology, the code will be an artifact of a bygone era, and the second artwork an unattainable relic.
A limited sub-series for private collectors exclusively reveals more explicit self-portraits. In a reversal of the traditional male gaze upon the female form in art and in history, the artist is able to track when the self-portrait is being viewed through QR technology. No longer a part of the traditional male-centered landscape, she becomes an active protagonist, gazing back at the viewer.