‘Synthesis’, 2016 – The final resting place of the Branches

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Unfortunately, I do not have an image of the Work without the scaffolding behind it; but here it is, the culmination of three years of artistic research and development. ‘Synthesis’ stands tall, it’s floating form suspended by a series of lines of fishing wire – making the object appear to ‘float’ within the cage. I am incredibly happy with how the work has come out; although there were slight problems with the frame’s welding, and it’s proportions being slightly off; I was able to come through with it. The fishing wire was a great idea; as it does not draw attention to the hanging apparatus like the wool did; and gives the work it’s ethereal qualities.

‘Synthesis’, 2016. 

– Wood, Wool, Crystals, Steel.

Through the allegories present in the work, I have highlighted the phenomena of Death, Decomposition and Rebirth through the catalyst of crystallisation. To highlight the eternal recurrence of life – energy passes from one form to another; never dying, but instead transcending between incarnations.

Humanity desires to find purpose through the control and imitation of the work of God (natural phenomena), as a means of surpassing the limitations set upon humanity. They do this, in order to ‘transcend’ – to become surrogate for, and eclipse, the creator. Thus in turn, able to control their own existence.

This notion of control is manifest (in the work) by the installation of a cold, steel cage – a product of man’s ingenuity in harnessing energy, exerted over a spiritually traditional form of resurrection – The Lightning Bolt. Symbolically an act of God, and the spark of life in Mary Shelley’s Novel ‘Frankenstein’; it destroys, but also creates life (in the form of fire or an electrical impulse; galvanism).


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