The Snake Charmer

2012

black granite, landscape, water, flora, fauna
tableau: 5mH x 6mW x 8mD
incl. figure: 1.95mH x 500mmW x 100mmD

Series: Subject-Object

Offering deep reflections and silk-smooth curves, the slender I-shaped column of ink black granite stands alone beneath twisting serpentine branches looking out to sea. This sculpture tableau reconceptualises a 1907 painting of the same name by Henri Rousseau; transforming Eve – from Rousseau's exotic chanteuse into a modern text icon, and Eden – from idealised jungle to real Pacific idyll.  The abstract figure stands in place of Rousseau's flute; a modern mouthpiece articulating sound through form – dark and mysterious at a distance, alluring up close.  Like a totem, The Snake Charmer keeps watch over land and water, acting as siren and guardian, figure and symbol, native and spirit.