What's in a Name, Mythomenial?

Terracotta Drinking Cup attributed to Douris ca. 500 B.C.
In considering titles for this polyptych and the individual paintings, I looked at Greek and Latin roots, suffixes and prefixes. The first name I chose was for the central painting, Philamenial. Phila- from the Greek philia (love) and menial - etymologically derived from the Latin word for household, currently meaning work not requiring much skill and lacking in interest, dignity or prestige. Thus Philamenial suggests love of the domestic. Once Philamenial was finished I began thinking more about the other paintings in the polyptych. I tried a variety of combinations to convey a worshipful love of home-life: Amadomia, Veneraquotidia, Sacrefamilia, Admiroeco but ultimately found I had become attached to the complexity of the word menial. From there the other titles followed - Sacremenial (worship of the domestic), Sensamenial (feeling of the domestic), Miramenial (wondering at the domestic) and Vivamenial (living the domestic). Finally, I contemplated a title for the whole group. At first I thought Logamenial (study of the domestic) or Hymomenail (ode to the domestic) until I settled on Mythomenial (story of the domestic).

2 comments:

  1. 💯This is really insightful. I love the thought that went into this and the naming, thank you so much for sharing this rationale. I didn't know what Philamenial meant, but I definitely felt the worshipful and meaningful heaviness you imbued into domestic life when I saw the painting.

    –Natasha

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  2. Love love love love so much no words just can't. Love. Love love. Love.

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