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This is the story of Diotima, the princess who turned into a sphinx! ...An original, uniquely illustrated fairy tale by Whitney Sparks.
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The Riddle of the Sphinx

"The Riddle of the Sphinx" by Whitney Sparks will finally (after over a year of envisioning and countless hours of labor to create an epic poem & 32 original illustrations!!) be published as a Real Book!!!!! I'm so excited to present this fantastical story to the world and especially to share it with you via Kickstart -- with prizes from every stage of "The Riddle of the Sphinx"s imaginative conception: from prints to original artwork and of course the book!! To ultimately share this story in a visually spacious A3 size format with custom binding and textile cover in 100 exemplars I need to raise 2,200 Swiss Francs to help pay for printing with Amsel Verlag. I hope yoU will be inspired to help me deliver this story and give birth to "The Riddle of the Sphinx" en masse!

For more background about this work, please click on any of the pictures below which link back to my website for more info and images! There's also a special preview video depicting the beginning of "The Riddle of the Sphinx" story at 

http://theriddleofthesphinx.tumblr.com/
(w/ some adult language)

Now without further ado, the temptation of.... 

Prizes!

NEW !!! Give $5 and get a mystery page from the parasite book! + my eternal thanks for helping publish "The Riddle of the Sphinx"!!

1. $10-- ROS Postcard / 2. $25-- ROS Print: from this poster image--

The Riddle of the Sphinx
The Riddle of the Sphinx

3. $30-- The Parasite Book

What is it??? A mystery manifesto .... Black & white printed and inserted into a different hollow book cover every time, now hiding around the world

A page inside the Parasite Book...
A page inside the Parasite Book...

4. $60-- "The Riddle of the Sphinx" Book!!!!! / 5. $75-- The Book Signed + the ROS print^ / 6. $100-- Both "The Riddle of the Sphinx" (signed) & the Parasite books^^ + Acknowledgement ! 

From inside The Riddle of the Sphinx
From inside The Riddle of the Sphinx

8. $250-- "Garden Sphinx" original collage + signed ROS book + Acknowledgement

"Garden Sphinx"
"Garden Sphinx"

7. $350-- "Vision of the Sphinx" original collage + signed ROS book + Acknowledgement

Vision of the Sphinx
Vision of the Sphinx

9. $500-- "Sphoenix" original double sided collage + signed ROS book + Acknowledgement

"Sphoenix" original double sided collage (detail; click for other image))
"Sphoenix" original double sided collage (detail; click for other image))

10. $1,000 "The Birth of the Sphinx at Einsiedeln" original collage + signed ROS book + Acknowledgement

"Birth of the Sphinx at Einsiedeln"
"Birth of the Sphinx at Einsiedeln"

11. $2,000-- "Birth of the Sphinx / Oedipus & the Sphinx / Death of the Sphinx" triptych + signed ROS book + Acknowledgement !!!

Triptych Installation view in studio (click for detail view)
Triptych Installation view in studio (click for detail view)

Risks and challenges

My *Biggest challenge* currently is, like any artist and many artists: CA$H flow!-- In order for "The Riddle of the Sphinx" to be really, really published (by Swiss independent publishing house Amsel Verlag) and printed in a limited edition of 100 books, I need to raise at Least 2,200 CHF (Swiss Francs, almost equivalent but a little more than dollars) !!!! I need to hand this money over ASAP, and it's not at all easy to afford this investment living as an immigrant, working art student in Europe at the moment! Your contributions are invaluable!!! I'm grateful for your interest in my project :)

“The Riddle of the Sphinx” is a story I made up, loosely based on the Greek mythology of the Sphinx, and more specifically inspired by philosopher Jacques Lacan and oil painter Gustave Moreau’s interpretations of this fantastic female creature. Intrigued by the stories of this image of a wild half-lion-half-woman with wings who asks incredibly difficult to answer riddles and poses a violent threat to mankind, I imagined the narrative of an unfortunately cursed princess who can only speak in query. I related to something deep within this iconic "wemonster," and I hope my new, illustrated storybook will be a gem for all!

I have been working for over a year on this project, and I am so happy to be able share it now. I hope you enjoy my story as I have delighted imagining this into being...! **My most fun challenge** now is to share "The Riddle of the Sphinx" as widely as possible, and that's where you can help! Please support my project, get the book, and read it with your friends and loved ones! Thank you so much for checking this out!!!

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