Searching for the Secret

1994

Private Collection. Auckland.

The work alludes to the ancient Babylonian myth of the hero Gilamesh entering the cedar forest that was rumoured to be guarded by a serpent, in search of the tree of life. The forest represented the unknown and the quest was to find oneself. The title came from 'The Light of Asia', a beautifully detailed Buddhist book, bought at a second-hand sale. 
I discovered the text completely overwritten with theological Christian text in minute handwriting. With an interest in comparative religions, and in order to read the overlaid handwriting, I enlarged the pages and began my personal search for secrets among the conflicting dialogue.


Dimensions: Overall Height 2200mm, Three components - 750mm, 550mm and 350mm High. Depth 150mm.

Materials: Salvaged carved cedar, sandblasted and burnt, acrylic paint and beeswax.