Virginia Lee Montgomery presents SWORD IN THE SPHINX, a resin-cast copy of a popular garden sculpture of Madame de Pompadour, a member of the 18th century French court, embedded with an artist-smithed sword. A companion video, CUT COPY SPHINX, viewable below expands on the piece’s themes of myth, reproduction, destruction, power, and ambiguity.


4K digital video, 3 minutes 30 seconds, 2018

CUT COPY SPHINX is a surreal, sculptural short art-film about metaphysics, myth, and destruction. A feminist twist on the classical myth of Oedipus and the Sphinx, CUT COPY SPHINX recasts the sphinx as the uncanny hero who endures ‘cuts’ across time. Shot en plein aire on a miniature prop-set with real materials like a Dewalt drill, a gallon of honey, and imagery of an often-copied 18th century garden sphinx, CUT COPY SPHINX is a conceptual art-film syncing philosophy, feminism, and image theory. The film is hand-made; directed, edited, scored, and performed by Texas / New York artist, Virginia Lee Montgomery.



Learn more about Montgomery in her Artist Profile