Inspired by the myth of Erysichthon (as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses), my sculptures are made from paper maché coated in paperclay, gesso, then Oil paint. The figurines are done in Sculpey clay. From right to left, my three sculptures present crime, retribution, and ultimate punishment. The first piece shows the character Erysichthon—a “scoffer” who “scorned the gods”— chopping down Ceres’ sacred oak tree; the second depicts Ceres colluding with Famine, instructing her to possess the gross and destructive Erysichthon. The third piece presents Erysichthon in the clutches of famine—having eaten “the world’s great buttery,” Erysichthon is still unsatisfied, so he begins consuming himself. I chose to illustrate this particular myth both because I loved Ovid’s evocative personification of famine and because I thought the story resonated within our modern material culture. Growing up in the U.S., I have learned firsthand that excessive consumption can often be coupled with feelings of emptiness. Also, I loved the idea of a sacred tree that is home to a nymph, for I often feel an inexplicable, refreshing vivacity when I spend time in nature.