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Centaurs, other humanoid/equine mixes, and a number of variant 'taurs built on similar body plans, like cattaurs, foxtaurs and cheetaurs.

For the Greeks who invented the whole idea, centaurs seemed to have meant animality dominating humanity; though a few centaurs symbolized natural wisdom, most were brutal. Mine seem gentler--but then, I grew up in the 20th Century, whose atrocities are rooted not in animal passion but ideology. Discipline seems safer as a bedroom sport than a public ideal...

So I think my dream-centaurs mean harmony between body and mind. I concede that I draw them more like they're just sex symbols, which they also are for me... but that's not surprising. My self-image is equine--my very first memory is of being a horse, then waking up human, a human child, and my equine dreams have never stopped. I've been, loved, mated with, even married horses. I see and read horses like people, and now and then I've actually forgotten which species I'm talking with. When I meet people with horse auras, I know I've found friends.

So enjoy the pinups, but be aware there's something underneath the sexy fantasies of fusion. Freud was wrong--spirituality isn't always just a mask hiding sex. Sometimes it's the other way round.

RELATED TOPICS: horses - animal people - pegasii (winged equines) - unicorns - See also the full INDEX OF SUBJECTS.

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ARMLESS: by Wayan; 1997 portrait of dream figures (pencil/digital)
A strange, horny, frustrated being, part human part horse, who lacks hands to hold the centaurs...
CAUTION: NUDITY AND SEXUAL TENSION
AWKWARD ENLIGHTENMENT: by Wayan; 2010/1/13; a dream of spiritual and practical advice
Anxious about a big party, I dream of being crowded. But a cat-centaur in the crowd attains enlightenment...
BANANA MOON: by Wayan; painting of dream figures, 1998, acrylic on wood, 36 x 48"
My figure-painting class here in San Francisco has a diverse student body, but not THIS diverse...
CAUTION: NUDITY
BERYL BORROWED IT: by Wayan, 1986/3/8, an absurd dream.
My friend Beryl borrows my ass and legs to become a centaur so she won't fall over. I want them back, so...
CAUTION: CRUDE AND STUPID
THE BIRD-TAMER: Wayan, 1980s, ink & erasable crayon; daydream.
How a centaur tames birds in the Sierra Nevada...
BURMA SHAVE: by Wayan; 1982, a poem on dreams.
If you dream, don't drive. If you drive, don't dream. A public safety message from the other world.
BURN THE EGGS: by Wayan; 2008/1/20; a magical advisory nightmare with 15 sketches.
Fighting a theocracy, my dragon-soul burns the church's dragon-nursery. The cost is terrible: a black vortex...
CAUTION: ROMANTIC THREESOME GETS BURNED
CENTAUR AUDITION: by Wayan; 2012/1/7, a dream about undreams, and a sequel 2012/1/30, a Pygmalion dream
Non-dream centaur ballerinas invade my dreams, because they long to be in the World Dream Bank...
CAUTION: BARBIE CENTAUR NUDITY, CASTING-COUCH SYNDROME
CENTAUR BEACH: by Wayan; 1990. Two images from a set of recurring dreams.
Me and my sisters at the beach. Strangers rarely think we're related, and you can see why...
CENTAUR CIRCLES: by Wayan; 1991. Early digital painting of dream figure
An experiment with digital textures that fascinated me. Not a dream, just feels like it.
A CENTAUR GIRL AND HER DOG: by Wayan; 2002/9/18, dream figure but NOT dream plot
I had hay fever all day, and wished I was at ease in nature, and at ease with my nature. In heat, blissed out, and loved...
CAUTION: CANINE/CENTAUR ORAL SEX
CENTAUR: PAULINA AT SUNSET: by Wayan; 1988? Dream-infused figure studies
Worried you're anorexic? Gain weight, yet stay slender! Become a centaur, like model Paulina Porizkova...
CAUTION: NUDITY and BODY IMAGE/ANOREXIA ISSUES
CENTAUR BY SARTRE: by Wayan; 1989/3/28; an oracular dream
A sea-centaur explains why some dreams don't LIKE to surface to so-called consciousness...
CAUTION: WET T SHIRT, EXISTENTIALISTS, HARPOONS
CENTAUR SHASTA: by Wayan; 1987? Dream figure in a daydream setting
Just a really cute guide to the centaur country around their holy mountain, Shasta...
CAUTION: BREAST
CENTAUR SOCCER: by Wayan; ink sketch of daydream
I'm not a big soccer fan. I'd play more if only I had enough feet...
A CENTAUR SPLITS: by Wayan; 1988/1/12, a Gestalt dream.
A centaur divorces, into a unicorn and an unfinished faun-girl, who argue "Forward!" "Not ready!"...
CAUTION: TRANSPARENT BREASTS
CENTAUR WITH STAFF OF POWER: by Wayan; 11x14", ink 1986, tinted 2001; a daydream
Not from a dream, just felt like it...
CENTAUR AND STAR: by Wayan; 1994; digital portrait of recurring dream figure
I'm a centaur. I never left Eden. I'm still in the Garden. You are too, every night, in dreams...
CAUTION: BREASTS
CENTAUR QUARTET: by Wayan; 1980-84, a dream-series on shamanic families.
Can our interracial family survive? Not just cultural conflict, but our instincts clash around sex--and incest...
CAUTION: SEX, INCEST ISSUES, DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY
CENTAURPEDE: by Wayan; a bizarre 1983/3/15 dream predicts a bizarre art job in 2002!
Like a long molecule floating in darkness, this dream creature could loop and link to itself...
CAUTION: EQUINE NUDITY, LANGUAGE
CENTAUR, WOBBLY: Wayan; digital sketch 1990 based on dream I can't trace.
Wise advice from a funny looking centauress at a nude beach...
CAUTION: CRUDE NUDE
CHAKAT: by Katie Hofgard; 2003/4/22?, a dream self-portrait
I dreamed I was a cattaur...
CLAN TAUR: by Wayan; suite of tinted pencil studies of dream-family, 1998-2002.
I keep dreaming I'm in a multispecies family full of centaurs and satyrs, having a reunion at the beach...
CAUTION: NUDE BEACH, STRANGE RELATIVES
CLAYMATES: by Wayan, 1968-70, three mythological claymation figures.
In my teens, I knew I wasn't human. So I sculpted and animated and fell in love with and worshiped furry figurines...
COLLISION COURSE: by Wayan; May 1998; digital sketch of waking life-situation.
Being a hippie artist in San Francisco today feels like being an animal in an African game park...
DALI SKETCH: by Wayan; 1983/12/12; a surrealist nightmare.
I dreamed I saw what looked like an ink sketch by Dali of a horse--but I was dead wrong...
CAUTION: YUCK
DEER JESUS: by Wayan; 1988/12/25, a revisionist Christmas dream.
The Three Wise Men are a centaur, a lion-man, and a doe-girl. But there's no Christ in the manger, so...
CAUTION: NUDITY
FOUR ELEMENTALS: by Wayan, four recurrent 2009 dream-figures, 2010/1/1 to 1/14
For the New Year, I draw a group portrait of the old year's main dream-figures. This year four needs came up over & over...
FOUR-LEGGED MONK: by Centaurquad; June 1983; a sexy transformation dream
My boyfriend's a student in an exotic monastery. But under his robe, he's gotten a bit exotic himself...
CAUTION: SEXUAL DREAM
THE EVEREST MARATHON: by Wayan; 1986/4/12, a wild dream epic, part 3 of Unicorn Tag.
During the great race up Everest, I become an e-snake, cross three eco-bubbles, beg a wary deer-taur to splice my spine for me, help Ariane (a childhood crush on the run from sentient tanks), and solve at last the Dream Equations... I learn climbing Everest doesn't take strength, but... trust?
GIRAFFETAUR GROVE: by Wayan; 2009/7/27, a science-joke dream hiding serious diagnostic advice
I meet the new improved giraffe people with hydraulic chrome skeletons--such light, powerful jaws and stretchable necks. Wow, Lamarck is back!...
CAUTION: ANTICREATIONISM--THAT IS, ACTUAL SCIENCE
THE LIMP: by Wayan; 1986/7/18, a dream on difference
I was working for a London architect. His son thought people shunned him for his limp, but...
LYR: by Wayan; 7MB, 2005, 80 pages w/200+ drawings and maps; a virtual planet
A vast sea-world with 7 times Earth's mass, whose isles are home to at least 19 intelligent species...
CAUTION: CUTE ALIENS, WEIRD SEX CUSTOMS, GODLESS EVOLUTION!
OMELET BEACH: by Wayan; 2007/1/15, a dream on how things look through your third eye
An alien beach scene--as seen through eyes that see bodies’ energy fields more than surface forms...
THE NESS MAN, or, HOW TO HEAL: by Wayan; 1994/4/13, a mytho-musical dream.
Mythic creatures round a woodland pool want to heal a businessman. Do too many cooks spoil the soup?
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: by Wayan, 2002/3/17, digital study of dream figure--sort of
Usually I wobble on high heels--but with four feet, I may be stable enough to follow the Yellow Brick Road...
CAUTION: NUDITY
PEGATAURESS WITH BLUE WINGS: by Wayan; 1993/4/2 & 1997/11/19, a sculpture fusing two dreams.
I was a ballerina in blue who learned to fly; and I met a centauress who loved dance too. The dancers fused...
PERISSA: by Wayan; 660K total (15 images); 1997/9/13, a sexy political dream.
When Perissa, an exhibitionistic centaur, bares her body in a crowded Coliseum, she also bares a racist plot...
CAUTION: EXHIBITIONISM, SPECISM
PICNIC IN THE RUINS: by Wayan, 2002/9/18, digital painting of dream figure.
On an alternate Earth where centaurs lived in a beach town with old Roman ruins, a local girl invited me on a picnic...
CAUTION: NUDITY
PLANETOCOPIA: by Wayan; 2006/6/3, an annex to the Dreambank with 16 nondream imaginary worlds. A mix of sculpture, drawings, travel writing... science and art.
Alternate Earths, possible futures, and pure experiments in planetology, biology, sociology. Most of them teem with intelligent creatures--alien Edens!
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, COMMIES, EVOLUTION
THE PROWLER: by Wayan; 1997/2/4, an illustrated dreamtale.
My sister hears a prowler. I go out blind in the dark, and learn she's right. But what a strange intruder!
THE SAN DIEGO CENTAURS: by Wayan; 1985/1/9, a slice-of-life dream.
In San Diego, I fly around disrupting the UFO games in the junkyard, till I reconnect with a centaur friend
THE SEA-HAG RIOT: by Wayan; 100K, 1989/6/5, a wild dream hiding a warning.
Aliens, hypnotherapy, dancing molars, riots, witches, flying pianos, lettuce... yet there is a point.
SERRANA: by Wayan; 2MB, Oct-Dec 2004, a sculpture/webtour with 60 maps, photos and sketches
A dry little world with many small seas, Serrana has at least six intelligent species and an anarchist culture. It's a tribute to Ursula Le Guin's anarchist utopia, "The Dispossessed", and Kropotkin's theories of biological cooperation...
CAUTION: ANARCHIST POLITICS, ALIEN NUDITY
SISTERS OF THE INTERFACE: by Wayan; 1983/12/21, a shamanic dreamtale.
My sister's beautiful; I'm plain. When she's murdered, I ride into the Interface Desert, where worlds meet...
STILTDOE AND CENBUCK: by Wayan; 1989/5/23-24, two punning deer-dreams
First a mutant doe with stilt legs has trouble finding a mate; then a centauroid buck with a parasol shows us he means... business.
TAROT: THE CENTAUR (Ace of Pentacles): by Wayan; 360 x 528. Tarot card, 3x5", summer 1978.
Mind and body integrated. S/he can hold up even the world-serpent that the gods couldn't lift...
CAUTION: ANDROGYNOUS CENTAUR BREASTS
TEN TRIALS: by Wayan; 101K, 1976/10/2, a dream of love distracted.
While living with violent Kay, I dream I meet a nice moth-girl. But we must undergo ten trials. Mustn't we?
CAUTION: RELATIONSHIP TROUBLES, BOTH GAY AND STRAIGHT
THARN: by Wayan; 8.3MB (45 p, 200+ ill.), 2006, a nondream virtual world: maps, photos, portraits, tours
Tour a rugged, spectacular moon with air and water in deep canyons sheltering a dozen intelligent species
CAUTION: ANARCHISM, NUDITY, SCIENCE
VIRGIN ON THE VERGE: by Wayan; 640 x 680 tall, 1992. Digital picture/poem/rant.
Ever since I was battered I feel like a virgin again: longing, but wary--scared where sex may lead...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
WHICH ROAD? 36K, 1999/1/13. Digital sketch of a dream.
I was on a path winding over grassy hills, while humans zoomed by on a freeway below...
VIXENTAUR: by Wayan; 150K, 2006/8/20; dream-inspired terracotta statue
Mixing two dream-motifs, I imagine an odd fox-taur people with intricate reproductive patterns--up to four parents each!
CAUTION: WEIRD SEXUAL CUSTOMS, NUDE CLAY FOX


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