Private Collection. Auckland. 1994
The work alludes to the ancient Babylonion 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.
Materials: Salvaged carved cedar, sandblasted and burnt, acrylic paint and beeswax.
Dimensions: Three components, tapering to 2200, length variously 750, 550 and 580, x 150mm.