Wounded Amazon by Jonathan Silver

Wounded Amazon by Jonathan SilverWounded Amazon by Jonathan SilverWounded Amazon by Jonathan SilverWounded Amazon by Jonathan Silver

Created in 1982 by Jonathan Silver, “Wounded Amazon” stands in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The work features a headless, disembodied figure. The sculpture garden site describes it as:

“The abstract, headless torso in the Garden depicts an Amazon, a member of the race of mythological Greek warrior women who excluded men from their society. The name Amazon itself is Greek for ‘breastless,’ since, according to legend, it was the practice of these women archers to burn off their right breasts in order to pull back their bows more effectively. Never, however, was this disfiguration depicted in the ancient images of the beautiful warriors on temple friezes and vases. Silver’s Amazon, by contrast, has been wounded. Although proud in stature, the roughened, flayed surfaces of her skin suggest the frightening mutilation of myth and the ravages earned from a life of battle.”

The story of flayed skin and disfiguration gives the work an even darker feel.

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