The story of Pegasus is closely woven with that of the Muses, inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts. In many ways, the legend of Pegasus mirrors the journey of the artist: from the birth and freedom of creation, to the taming of ideas which give way to the pitfalls of arrogance. In the end, perhaps fate decides whether the mark of the artist remains, maybe even written in the stars.
The aging hero Bellerephon, in his hubris, decides to fly Pegasus to Mount Olympus. On the way up Zeus sends a gadfly to bite Pegasus, who rears up, causing Bellerephon to fall back to earth. You can see the golden trail the fly takes after stinging Pegasus.
Title: High Hopes
Medium: Wire, clay, aluminium, paper, wood, acrylic
Size: 14in tall
This is part of the "Flying Solo" exhibition series.