T48 - Iliad Cenotaphs

The Iliad Cenotaphs combine the classic text of Homer’s Iliad with modern medical mapping of the human body. Throughout the Iliad, over two hundred and fifty soldiers are given names, birthplaces, and lineages, only to be slaughtered on the battleground in anatomically precise detail.
A cenotaph, a word derived from the Greek kenos (empty) and taphos (tomb), is a monument erected for one whose remains are elsewhere. With the Iliad Cenotaphs, it is my intention to erect monuments for these mythic figures, to illuminate their enduring purpose in the canon of human stories.
As the location of their wounds is recorded, as well as the weapon of transgression, it is possible to trace this mortal passing with a physical passage of assault. In this body of work, I am currently sculpting and painting the negative space of each soldier’s wound as if it were an anatomical model to be studied and analyzed. Through the cartography of the body, the medical view of the world illuminates not only the physical properties of life, but also the intangible value of it. In this representation, the Hippocratic oath stands in stark contrast to the futility of war. Against the horror and literal disembodiment that is modern warfare, these ancient warriors offer an almost eerily serene entry-point for the contemplation of life, and its violent cessation.

Echepolus

May 13, 2019
Antilochus was the first to kill a man— a well-armed Trojan warrior, Echepolus, son of Thalysius, a courageous man, who fought in the front ranks.

Elephenor

May 13, 2019
as he was dragging the corpse great-hearted Agenor caught sight of him, and where his side was left uncovered by his shield as he stooped, there he struck him with a thrust of his bronze-tipped spear, and loosed his limbs. So his spirit left him, and over his body was made grievous toil of Trojans and Achaeans. Like wolves they lept on one another, and man made man to reel.

Simoisius

May 13, 2019
He had scarcely sallied out when Aias struck him in the breast by the right nipple. The bronze spear went clean through his shoulder and he came down in the dust, felled like a slender poplar with a bushy top that has shot up in the big meadows by a stream and is cut down by a wainwright with his gleaming axe.

Leucus

May 13, 2019

Antiphus hurled at him— the son of Priam wearing a gleaming breastplate let fly through the lines but his sharp spear missed and he hit Leucus instead, Odysseus’ loyal comrade, gouging his groin as the man hauled off a corpse— it dropped from his hands and Leucus sprawled across it.

Democoon

May 13, 2019
Not in vain did he let fly his spear, but struck Priam’s bastard son Democoon, who had come at his call from Abydus, from his stud of swift mares.

Diores

May 13, 2019
Now Amarinceus’ son Diores—fate shackled Diores fast and a jagged rock struck him against his right shin, beside the ankle.

Peiros

May 13, 2019

As Peirous moved off, Thoas, an Aetolian, hit him, his spear striking him above the nipple. The bronze spear point bit into his lungs. Thoas moved in to close quarters, pulled the heavy spear out from his chest, drew his sharp sword, then drove it straight into the middle of his belly, destroying Peirous’ life.

Astynous

May 13, 2019

…such was the rage of young Diomedes as he closed with the Trojans. Next he killed Astynöos and Hypeiron, shepherd of people, striking one with the bronze-heeled spear above the nipple, and cutting the other beside the shoulder through the collar-bone with the great sword, so that neck and back were hewn free of the shoulder.

Hyperion

May 13, 2019

…such was the rage of young Diomedes as he closed with the Trojans. Next he killed Astynöos and Hypeiron, shepherd of people, striking one with the bronze-heeled spear above the nipple, and cutting the other beside the shoulder through the collar-bone with the great sword, so that neck and back were hewn free of the shoulder.

Orsilochus

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Ormenus

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Orphelestes

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Daetor

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Chromius

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Lycophontes

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Amopoan

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Melanippus

May 13, 2019

Who was the first Trojan the marksman Teucer hit? Orsilochus first, then Ormenus, Ophelestes, Daetor and Chromius, princely Lycophontes, Polyaemon’s son Amopaon and Melanippus too- corpse on corpse he dropped to the earth that rears us all…

Gorgythion

May 13, 2019

…The archer loosed a fresh shaft from the bowstring straight for Hector, his spirit longing to hit him— but he missed and cut Gorgythion down instead, a well-bred son of Priam, a handsome prince, and the arrow pierced his chest, Gorgythion whom Priam’s bride from Aesyme bore one day, lovely Castianira lithe as a deathless goddess… As a garden poppy, burst into red bloom, bends, drooping its head to one side, weighed down by its full seeds and sudden spring shower, so Gorgythion’s head fell limp over one shoulder, weighed down by his helmet…

Archeptolemus

May 13, 2019

…Quick with another arrow, the archer let fly from his bowstring straight for Hector, his spirit straining to hit him—shot and missed again as Apollo skewed his shaft— but he leveled Archeptolemus, Hector’s daring driver charging headlong, caught him square in the chest beside the nipple and off his car he pitched as his horses balked pawing the air.