Raft

 1990, 136 x 240 cms  NFS

 
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.