Patroclus

Sketches 882c

Patroclus was the blanket partner of the hero Achilles and plays an integral role in The Illiad. When Achilles withdraws from battle over a feud with Lord Agamemnon, Patroclus puts on the hero’s armor to rally troops and lead the hero’s warriors against Troy. In the fighting, Patroclus is killed by the Trojan hero Hector. Achilles, enraged by the death of his lover rejoins the war and slays Hector.

Thirteen sets of three digital images show Patroclus looking left to right. The red and blue tones represent US American Nationalism. Three is traditionally recognized as a holy and magical number. The artist views the number 13 (1+3+4) as a sacred Queer number, representing the moment of change. 

“Patroclus was one of the earliest heroes I understood to be gay. I chose red and blue to represent the hero because I wanted to convey his deep sense of national pride (albeit in an US American context). The doomed hero is caught in a moment of decision, echoed by the glance from side to side.” — Artist K Ryan Henisey

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