The bookwork opens to form an arch that references the transition from life to death.
Rubber-stamped onto the panels are the names of the five Greek mythical rivers: Styx - the most feared and dreaded river; Acheron - the icy waterfall, the river of tears; Cocytus - the river of sound, wailing; Phlegethon - the pyre, the river of fire; Lethe - the river of oblivion.
Creating sculpture often begins with a sense of loss. At the completion of a work the artist once again experiences the loss of letting go, often only retaining a photographic record of the piece. There is nothing in nature that can replace that loss except the creative spirit.
Commissioned works must allow an artist freedom to experiment, to play and to explore new materials so that every new work adds to the growth of the artist. I believe that sculpture must have something to say.
Materials: Salvaged rimu, leather hinges, honey, ash, acrylic paint, gold leaf and rubber-stamped text.
Dimensions: Length 800 x Width 1300 x Depth 280mm.
Private collection, Taupo.