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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.