The Cliff

H96" x W66"
Mixed Media

The eagle builds its nest high above. Because it soars so high, the eagle represents far sightedness or the ability to see into the future (forethought).

This eaglet is nesting on a cliff above another cliff to give the screen a perspective of great height. The painted plants suggest life and growth exist below. The bird's head is cocked to see down in contemplation.

The story goes that the eagle builds her nest high above to rear her child to be fearless. When the time comes for the fledgling to leave, the bird must fly or plummet to its death down below. This is an example in nature of how humans could live their lives. When the bird leaves, it must be fearless. When humans approach life in general or attempt a specifically difficult task, the action should not be borne out of fear.

We think with two halves of our brain: one is digital and the other is intuitive. Our consciousness constantly fluxes between these two perceptions. In Carlos Castaneda's books, Jaun Matus talks about the known and the unknown. The known is likened to the scientific rote-reductionist approach of constantly fear mongering against the intuitive creative side. With the onslaught of the virtual electronic world and a globally based economy, we are constantly being bombarded by the negative, fear provoking propaganda, so much so, that we are not aware of nor do we rely upon the use of our intuitive talents. We continuously live through our fear alone. We are stymied in our actions. We must have assurances, comfort, we must have control. But the baby eagle cannot remain in its nest demanding a guarantee or assurances of a controlled out come. It must simply jump and fly. How can we live and enjoy life without taking real risks on a daily basis?

Most of the materials are reclaimed as is with the other screens of this series. The frames were found in a swamp and they are frames from the 50's style double garage doors. The cliff face is made from book ended crate wood. Other woods for the lower cliff were salvaged from scrap bins. The paints used in other works at the time were too bright for this project. The process became one of a faux finish with adobe mud and wood ash used in the several applications. Brass rod and wire of various gauges are used to highlight the piece.

Peter Cooke * 1233 Mount Maxwell Road * Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2H7 * (250) 537-4617

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