Sculpture, by James Cook


Philosophy of Tides

canvas, wood, bronze, beeswax, steel, pigments

103″ × 37″ × 25″

The central image in this work is that of a combat field stretcher in use during the Second World War . The ripped and frayed canvas stretched across the wooden poles is repaired with vintage catgut issued for emergency field sutures. All of the voids are remediated with beeswax as well.

With some irony the canvas lends itself to the application of diagrams and images that reference human reproduction and planetary/stellar positions. This admixed mapping of information was culled from biological and astronomical charts used by educators at the turn of the 19th century. The additional cast metal and wax images further contextualize the piece in terms of its adverting to the longevity of the information with which we orient ourselves.

Main view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture
Detail view of the sculpture