Sculpture, by James Cook

 

Cartesian Oar for Lao Tsu's Stream

wood, water

74″ × 20″ × 12″

Since the late 18th century, those in the West have been persuaded to use the scientific/rational model to engage in the deciphering of our world. With this in mind, I have explored both the rational and the intuitive modalities that we use in decision-making, with particular regard to existential questions. I am interested generally in the proclivity to use one over the other, and more specifically, how the intuitive has been relegated to a secondary position within our culture.

A large oar cut into three sections supports the wooden box. Inside the box, which is filled with water, is another oar cut into nine sections.

Main view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture