Sketchbook Page 31: Centaur Burial

October 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Centaur burial

In Greek mythology the centaur or hippocentaur is a composite creature, part human and part horse. In early Attic and Boeotian vase painting they were depicted with the hind quarters of a horse, in later¬†renderings a human torso was attached to the withers, where the horse’s head would normally appear.

This half human, half animal composition has led a number of writers to treat them as liminal beings, caught between two natures. These are embodied in contrasting myths: on the one hand representing untamed nature, as in their violent, sexually motivated battle with the Lapiths or, conversely, as Chiron: kindly teacher of Greek heroes including Achilles, Actaeon, Asclepius and Jason.

Chiron, the noble centaur, gave up his life so that man could obtain the use of fire, poisoned by an arrow dipped in the Hydra’s blood. He is honored by a place in the sky as the constellation Centaurus.


February 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Conversations with Doctor Stephen Mills have suggested a new way in which I might develop this blog. Because blog entries can be organised in an effectively none linear way there is the potential to utilise the temporal element and create a number of layers in which I can bury clues relating to the developing ‘blog narrative’ within earlier postings. In a sense I will be creating an archaeological site within the architecture of this blog. Some of these clues will be deliberately misleading, most will be in the form of riddles. I hope that you have fun finding them … the full picture will emerge over the next few months …

Look with all your eyes, look

January 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Look with all your eyes, look

Jules Verne, Michael Strogoff 

Yesterday morning I visited the atrium of the Cardiff University optometry department. This imposing space will house my mid term exhibition of work relating to the residency (the exhibition is due to take place around end of May/early June). It will be quite a challenge to make an impact within this building; though there is a much to respond to creatively regarding the work that takes place here. The primacy of vision imbues each room. Enjoyed meeting Professor Tim Wess and felt very encouraged by his enthusiasm for the residency project.

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