Athena Originoo (Scopped + Chrewed) (2013)

Performative Video Sculpture 6:58 min 2012

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  • Year Created: 2013
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Wednesday Jun 19th, 2013
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  • Work Credits:
    • Katie_Cercone, primary creator
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Artist Statement

A ferocious and implacable fighter, Athena the Warrior Goddess is the daughter of Zeus, who during Athena’s gestation deceived his pregnant wife with cunning words against the warnings of Mother Earth and Father Sky and assimilated Athena into his own body.  On Athena’s birthday she leaped from the head of Zeus, already adult, dressed with her armor.  Athena Originoo (Scopped + Chrewed) is a Don Trip cover of the Drake hit ‘I’m On One’ performed by Athena Originoo, a suburban-bred pregnant hermaphrodite pie high in the rapper scry of an Africanizing griot gorge. This work recalls the early 90s transfunctionalization of Hip Hop that saw corporate America aggressively coopt and market the culture to white adolescents of the artist’s generation through randomly applying its signs and codes to items like snack foods, Barbie Dolls and breakfast cereal. Fuck you, Europe, I ain’t sprung from no man’s head. This is ancestor worship of an incipient warrior nature. And yo, I said wigga, not **gga.

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