Dying Gaul - 40' x 10', Vinyl and Mixed Media, 2007
The deflating white whale symbolizes a cyclical end to obsession. Much like a beached whale, which dies when it’s non-buoyant mass collapses under its own weight, human obsession frequently spirals out of control until its bearer can no longer support its mass.
The Dying Gaul is intended to be abandoned in the desert, far from an ocean. Once there, it inflates until full, and then slowly deflates, collapsing inward on itself. Fully deflated, and without witness, the cycle begins anew. The viewer is comforted by the uncertain knowledge, and faith, that the cycle of obsession has once again met its end.