Vanity - The Minotaur Series
Bronze on steel
Vanity is the largest and most detailed of the Minotaur series. She stands as our equal, in size and stature. Her innate elegance is embodied in the flowing lines of her mane, in the curl of her horns, in her careful posture. She is captured in a moment of intimacy, applying the armor of the female, before venturing into the larger world. She is suffused with power, even as she draws on this delicate touch of femininity. Her gaze is unwavering as she considers a reflection we can only imagine. We stand as her mirror, as surely as she is ours.
The Minotaur Series expresses the concept of balancing energies. This half-animal half-human character is a counterpoint to the conquering aggressor of Greek mythology. While the creature of myth has the body of a man and the head of a bull, this minotaur has the body of a woman and the head of the more elegant, and wilder, wildebeest. In different stages of her life cycle, and in various acts of intimacy, she symbolizes innocence, promise, mystery, nature, beauty, raw power, defiance, and decay. She is at once both utterly wild and utterly human. She has been marginalized and pushed into the corners. Her humanity, her vulnerability, and her power are a challenge to the dominant yang culture of linear reductionist independence. She stands at the dawning of a new age.