To mark the recent 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” oil painter Hyeseung Marriage-Song crafted largescale paintings that are influenced by both the classic book and the mythology of the golem. The artist collaborated with writer Tommy Zurhellen, who offered his own retelling of the story, each pulling from those timeless psychological themes in different ways.
“These paintings were not made as direct illustrations of the plot of Zurhellen’s or Shelley’s books,” the project says. “They are, instead, psychological and philosophical meditations of those texts and the golem mythology. Zurhellen’s characters are portrayed psychologically, with the action of the story reflected in the visual idiom of unsettled and fractured forms, swirling circularity, brushwork that is at times resolved and at others broken.”
See more of Marriage-Song’s work below.