Sabina Savage

Honoring Argos, 135cm silk/wool, Marine



As rosy-fingered dawn appears, amber-eyed Argos lays, quiet as a new-born fawn, in the Ithacan garden of his master, resourceful Odysseus, awaiting his final command. So, he rests beneath a clay plaque celebrating the famous canines of Greek lore, and heaven Aphrodite enrobes him in a lustrous draped himation and a bean silver wreath to crown his head. And he is bestowed a collar of the finest clay, delicately painted with images of divine birds, and a wreath of fine narcissus is laid upon him.     

Measuring 135cm sq (appr. 53"sq), 70% wool, 30% silk with fringed edges, dry clean only.

 Mythos: an Odyssean fable of courage and bravery; an acknowledgment of alternative heroes. 

Zeus sits atop Mount Olympus, watching the mortals below like we watch television. When a sonneteer at Delphi catches his attention he is summoned to Mount Olympus to entertain Zeus. Ultimately though, Zeus is unsatisfied with the sonneteers tales - each story of “bravery” is really about a man and his violence. Zeus demands the sonneteer tell a story of true bravery. Taking a moment to regroup, the sonneteer tells each story from a different perspective, that of the animal companions of these Greek heroes. These stories are Greek, and therefore tragic, with each story ending with the animal dying in an act of selfless courage for its human companion. Zeus is so touched by these stories of these creatures and bravery, that he deifies each, inviting them to enjoy immortality with him at Mount Olympus, and as we know them today as constellation in the heavens.