Winged Chimera (2015) by Leeroy New


Title: Winged Chimera
Year: 2015
Artist: Leeroy New (born 1986)
Medium: Fiberglass
Size: Approximately 4.5 ft. x 3.5 ft.

About the work:
In ancient Greek mythology, the Chimera was a fire-breathing monster composed of parts of various animals but is usually depicted as a lion with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ends with a snake’s head. The term Chimera is now used to describe anything composed of diverse parts. It may also be a wildly imaginative, implausible or dazzling hybrid.

While sighting a Chimera back then was rare and awe-inspiring, the artist Leeroy New concretizes the ephemeral into an object that can appeal instantly to the most disheartened viewer. New utilizes the formalist technique of transforming shape into chunks of design that blobs, swirls and drips. These and other elements have references to both popular and esoteric symbology. For example, the eyes that cover the artwork may allude to contemporary globalization where the body of the land is dotted by surveillance. Other lessons in meaning formation can be availed through closer scrutiny of the work.