50 x 289 cm
Homer evoked in the Iliad the chimeras, these fabulous hybrid creatures made of several assembled bodies, "lion in front, snake in the back, goat in the middle". Twenty-eight centuries later, science has shown that this metaphor reflects a biological reality that is at the foundation of the mother-daughter relationship. During pregnancy, mother and fetus interexchange cells that end up settling permanently in the organisms of the one and the other. After birth, a girl carries raw pieces of a foreign body (biologically speaking), that of her mother, but the mother also keeps her baby's cells within her; two chimeras are born. Before being mothers and even without ever becoming one, women are chimeras. Each contains us all.
CHIMERA explores the myth of this polycephale creature as described by Hesiod, Plato, Pliny the Elder and others. The artist appropriates quotes from these Ancient Greek and Roman authors to create her own narrative around the birth and life of this complexe mother-daughter bond that each woman carries inside her.
2023 FROM HER TO THE MOON | GALERIE DIX9 | PARIS, FR