I believe that one of art’s great callings has always been the remythologizing of humankind’s evolving consciousness. This quality of art provides “an awareness of living in the world soul” (Marion Woodman). It will deal with the zeitgeist of its age but not be trapped by it. It will contain a bridge to the past and a door to the future.
Thirty years ago I realized that one of the great themes of this age was humanity’s struggle to reconcile spiritual and ethical responses to the revelations of science…and it’s shadow, the Trickster’s gift of technology. Exploring this theme has informed and challenged my art works since that time.
The Boat of Eternal Return
This three dimensional artwork is thirty feet long and twenty-eight inches at its widest point. The height of the boat varies. The cello head at the stern of the boat stands nine feet high.
13 pair of moose ribs
a five foot long black bier
An old black ruler cut at random intersected by pairs of dice
DNA sequencing gels from The Human Genome Project.
A copy of the score (written in Mozart’s hand) of The Requiem is overlaid on the DNA gels in black archival ink
a carved oversized cello head
an oversized cello fret board
a cello string catcher
two cello bows
Hand worked glass bones/pegs in the cello head
Fingerprints are carved as the “eyes” of the boat on both sides of the
keel/beak at the prow
Pine lap strakes
A mare pelvis
A spirit level
Photographs by Rob Davidson, Toronto