Pharoah’s Dream – pic 2

2003

Carved and painted lime.

About 450mm high.

On one level this is my interpretation of the biblical story but it is also a comment on the situation past and present in the Middle East. What appears to be Egyptian hieoglyphics on the side of the cow are in fact graphics representing helicopters and war planes. The body of a cow is a lottery cage, the balls replaced with “oil barrels”. The piece is made up from different components which can be rearranged at will. In fact when illustrated in the catalogue for the 2003 Royal Scottish Academy Summer Exhibition they were combined as a “block” whereas when in a Glasgow gallery they were displayed linearly. I recently saw this piece broken up for sale separately in an auction in Oxfordshire, thereby reducing the power and intention of the original work.

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