1990, 136 x 240 cms
George Steiner speaks of tragedy positioning man
at the crossroads, unhoused, 'where the mystery of his condition is made
naked to the ambiguous intercessions of menace and grace'. My title here
refers to Gericault's 1818-19 magnum opus, a tragedy transformed and
condensed aesthetically and thus transcending its preposterous content.
Similarly, I held to his, 'Raft of the Medusa's' high horizon and place the
humpy where the raft is. And some of the poses are quoted. Without explicit
signposting of grog litter, the destitution is clear. Land mass equals sea.
Cynical jokes aloud that the great Inland Sea is nothing more than the
saccharine contents of wine casks.