MY NAME IS HYLONOME, 2012
18 by 37 by 40 cm.
Plaster cast, plastic, pigments, resin.
In Greek mythology, a centaur is a member of a composite race of creatures, part human and part horse. Though female centaurs, called Kentaurides, are not mentioned in early Greek literature and art, they do appear occasionally in later antiquity. Ovid also mentions a centauress named Hylonome who committed suicide when her husband Cyllarus was killed in the war with the Lapiths.
The idea, or possibility, of female centaurs was certainly known in early modern times, as evidenced by Shakespeare’s King Lear: “Down from the waist they’re centaurs, though woman all above”.
In the Disney animated film “Fantasia” during the Pastoral Symphony, some of the main characters are female centaurs. The Disney studio called them “Centaurettes”.