Other Serpent bronzes include Sito made in 2008 and Lamia’s slippers. Sito is named after the Egyptian primeval Serpent that appears on the Papyrus of Ani. Ancient Egyptians worshipped Sito as a creative spirit. It was believed Sito created everything. By entwining his spiritual essence around the world Sito guarded the cosmic and subterranean world. In my sculpture, the head and the tail of Sito exist as two separate parts. Each section of the snake morphs into a human foot.
The relationship between human feet and snakes is acutely experienced when walking in the Australian bush in summer.
Another Creation myth set in the Garden of Eden in Genesis, Chapter 3, where God puts enmity between the Serpent and humans, declaring; “…he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.” The sculptural installation called Live created in 2006 explores this passage of the Bible. The installation at Canberra Museum and Gallery consisted of a Biblical Serpent made from wire and plaster and 47 pairs of papier-mâché feet.
Lamia’s slippers is the title of a bronze sculpture cast in 2006. It was shown in an installation at the Fremantle Arts Centre in 1999. These artworks were inspired by Lamia, a poem written by John Keats in 1819. The Romantic poem is about the transformation from a snake to a beautiful woman and back again. It explores many themes including beauty, temptation, deception, and mortality in a mythological world.
My sculpture talks about the indiscriminate killing of snakes for the fashion industry.
All photographs were taken by Brenton McGeachie.