King Menelaus in drag as Freddie Mercury
Handmade ceramic figure by Lulu Vandal, part of The Kings collection. A limited edition collection that presents heroes from ancient Greek tragedies in drag roles!
In Greek muthology, Menelaus (the word is coming from μένος "vigor, rage, power" and λαός "people," "wrath of the people") was a king of Mycanean Sparta, the husband of Helen of Troy and the son of Atreus and Aerope. According to the Iliad, Menelaus was a central figure in the Trojan War, leading the Spartan contingent of the Greek army, under his elder brother Agamemnon, King of Mycenae.
According to legend, in return for awarding her a golden apple inscribed "to the fairest," Aphrodite promised Paris the the most beautiful woman in all the world. After concluding a diplomatic mission to Sparta during the latter part of which Menelaus was absent to attend the funeral of his maternal grandfather Catreus in Crete, Paris ran off to Troy with Helen. Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon raised a fleet of a thousand ships and went to Troy to secure Helen's return; the Trojans refused, leading to the Trojan War.
In Lulu Vandal's hands, King Menelaus is turned in drag as Freddie Mercury! According to her, the reason is only because she thinks that he was always thought to be in the closet, somehow. "It seems that, that era was too macho for him!". By transforming him into Freddie Mercury, she seeks to free him from his macho appearance in an attempt to calm down his traumatised soul.
Freddie Mercury on the other hand is thought to be one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music. He was best known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Mercury defied the conventions of a rock frontman, with his highly theatrical style influencing the artistic direction of Queen.
Born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi-Indian parents, he attended English-style boarding schools in India from the age of eight and returned to Zanzibar after secondary school. In 1964, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution, movingt ot Middlesex, England. Having studied and written music for years, he formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brain May and drummer Roger Taylor. Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We are the Champions, Don't Stop me Now and Crazy Little THing Called Love. His charismatic stage performances as well as the wide range of musical genres he used, rockabily, progressive rock, heavy metal, gospel and disco, made him very popular among different crowds. His fans were fans of hard rock, glam rock also, pop music, disco and even opera!
Mercury was noted for his live performances, which were often delivered to stadium audiences around the world. He displayed a highly theatrical style that often evoked a great deal of participation from the crowd. And it wasn't just about his voice. It was mainly because of the way he commanded on stage. For him it was all about interacting with the audience and knowing how to get them on his side. And he gave everything in every showA writer for The Spectator described him as "a performer out to tease, shock and ultimately charm his audience with various extravagant versions of himself. Mercury's main prop on stage was a broken microphone stand; after accidentally snapping it off the heavy base during an early performance, he realised it could be used in endless ways.
In ancient Greek tragedy, kings were presented in an incomparable, almighty way, untill Gods would decide otherwise dragging them into the most surreal situations. Lulu Vandal is dragging them into another direction! Into Drag (=dressed as girls literally dressed as someone that dresses like a queen in our case). In an attempt to humanize them.
Handcrafted limited edition ceramic dolls in approximately 18cms height and 6cms width,
Materials: modelling clay and acrylic colours
Modelling clay, acrylic colours