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Asklepios ΟΙΞΕΣΘΑΙ
Asklepios ΟΙΞΕΣΘΑΙ
Asklepios ΟΙΞΕΣΘΑΙ
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Asklepios ΟΙΞΕΣΘΑΙ Sculpture

Charlayn von Solms

South Africa

Sculpture, Found Objects on Aluminium

Size: 9.1 W x 22 H x 14 D in

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About The Artwork

Objects used: aluminium light holder component, brass lampholder component, horseshoe, outdoor umbrella slider, can opener, vegetable peeler, brass ashtray lid, Fisher space pen refill, latch component, bead, wood, enamel paint. Asklepios ΟΙΞΕΣΘΑΙ is a depiction of the healer Asclepius as a ghost. Asclepius appears not as a solid sphere, but a pierced one. His function as a healer is alluded to via the mortar and pestle and as a surgeon through the use of a tin opener and a vegetable peeler. ΟΙΞΕΣΘΑΙ serves here as an epithet of Asclepius. Meaning 'to be gone' it refers to his death by Zeus' thunderbolt (hence the lighting rod at the top) and the city of Oichalia with which Asclepius and his sons are associated in the Catalogue of Ships. This work forms part of a series of nine sculptures entitled "Powell's Patterns 2, 11, 20, 25", which is a sculptural exploration of four contingents from the list of combatants in Homer’s Iliad. Superficially, the only link between these four catalogue entries are structural similarities first identified by the scholar Barry Powell. The sculptural series explores thematic links between these entries.

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Sculpture:Found Objects on Aluminium

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:9.1 W x 22 H x 14 D in

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The only artist on the planet who explores the compositional methods of ancient Greek poets through the medium of contemporary sculptural assemblage. Unique, obscure, and totally off-trend. In literary translation the content of oral-formulaic poetry is often more effectively conveyed than its form. The sculptural assemblages on this page serve as a visualization or ‘aesthetic translation’ of the formal artistry of two ancient Greek epics – Iliad and the Odyssey. The result is a visual exploration of correlations between what the poems say and how they say it. Each individual sculpture functions as a personification of a character from the Homeric epics. Each set of sculptures represents a ‘composite object portrait’ that depicts Homer not as a person, but as a continually adaptive constructive system.

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