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Satyr and Sunshine- Front view 2016, Bronze. Edition of 9, 18.5h x 9w x 9d
Satyr and Sunshine - 3/4 view 2016
Satyr and Sunshine - side view
The pre-casting clay for 'Satyr and Sunshine'.

SATYR AND SUNSHINE

‘Who are we and how we present ourselves.’

A devilishly sly guy presents as himself as sunshine, while enamoured with his own grinning bravado as reflected back at him in the mirror/back of the sun. This was sculpted in the summer of 2016. There may have been a political impetus to making this sculpture, as it was sculpted at the beginning of the Trump era. It is also a recognition of the way we present ourselves as one way, while knowing full well we have ‘desirous impulses’* that are expected to be contained, or that we secretly contain for our own gain.

Satyr and Sunshine, 2016, Bronze. Edition of 9, 18.5h x 9w x 9d inches

sa·tyr

/ˈsadər/

noun

  • 1- one of a class of lustful, drunken woodland gods. In Greek art they were represented as a man with a horse’s ears and tail, but in Roman representations as a man with a goat’s ears, tail, legs, and horns
  • 2- a man who has strong sexual desires: “Charles was an unmarried satyr

Fun fact:

definition:horny (adj.)

late 14c., “made of horn,” from horn (n.) + -y (2). From 1690s as “callous, resembling horn.” The colloquial meaning “lustful, sexually aroused,” was in use certainly by 1889, perhaps as early as 1863; it probably derives from the late 18c. slang expression to have the horn, suggestive of male sexual excitement (but eventually applied to women as well); see horn (n.). As a noun it once also was a popular name for a domestic cow. For an adjective in the original sense of the word, hornish (1630s) and horn-like (1570s) are available.