The myth of Actæon tells the pitiless tale of the young hunter, who—after telling his fellow hunting buddies to lay off the killing for the day—wanders off and is unfortunate enough to stumble upon Diana. The goddess of hunting, virginity, fertility, household pets, and oak groves is bathing in her cave and quite upset at the idea of a mortal man seeing her naked. She turns him into a deer, the hunter subsequently receiving the same fate as the animals he once hunted, reduced by a huntress deeply connected to the rhythms of nature, slain by his own friends.
“What we are reaching towards is a certain kind of freedom,” she says sitting in the front row of LACMA’s Bing Theater following the install. “I think [this freedom] would stop us from destroying everything we touch. It would certainly change the way we relate to the world and the way we react to the freedom or the lack of freedom we grant to animals and nature.”