DETAIL: Fred FISHER 'Tilt' 2005, MDF synthetic polymer paint
 
 
Richard GOODWIN | Moth
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GOODWIN, Richard
Australia 1953
Moth 2003
timber boat, stainless steel, steel
130.0 (h) x 140.0 (w) x 340.0 (d) cm
Courtesy of Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
VIEW: Artist's Statement |

Moth forms the next work in my exploration of exoskeleton and prosthetic architecture.

NASA moon photographs depicting a sole astronaut roaming next to his flimsy vehicle are evoked. Travelling on a sea of equations the journey into space is made. Similarly, all aesthetic judgements are born of number and calculus.

The language of numbers in Moth intersects with my obsessive-compulsive past.

Moth is about metamorphosis and the journey towards light or a solution.

Such is the short life of the Moth emerging from its exoskeleton carapace to fly its erratic vectors before succumbing to the strange attractor of pure light.

Moth is a central metaphor for the human condition, which combines a Moth Boat with the prospect of the viewer as a driver.

     Moth cloth mother umbilical brother
     Timber mat for a floating navigator
     Drawn to pass the Island of the Dead

     Calculus window for a hollow man
     Faltering at the gate of geometry
     Like Adam and Eve before the square root of light

     As it beckons an entry for winged chaos
     Intersecting vectors floating on a web of time
     Drawn by a shared soft shell solution

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Photography: J Schwartz
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