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First a Surgeon and then a Captain of Several Ships

Artwork Description

FIRST A SURGEON AND THEN A CAPTAIN OF SEVERAL SHIPS, 2016
Bronze / Resin
Edition of 8
630 x 140 x 180mm

The sculpture’s title is taken from Gulliver’s Travels, the 1726 satire by Jonathan Swift, and alludes to the idea of moral man versus representative man, and what we expect people to be. More broadly, it relates to a figure like a surgeon ostensibly being at the apex of society whereas a sailor is closer to the bottom in social hierarchy.

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