About the Picture
Revisiting the animal tower (see Dark Portrait) once again the ludicrous nature of sex is played out by a teetering mountain
of animals. In this case the variety an inter-relations are extremely complex: a kitten with a bow tie balances a baby stag
and wild dog on his back; a python, and eel and a ram traverse each other in holy unity; the grasping tentacles of an octopus
and the ideal aspirations of a bird mark the mid point; a ginning whale mounts the cross; above a seal swallows the aged head
of Poseidon; the friendly spectre atop the pile releases a party cracker, whilst framing the an extinct fish. The tower in
this case marries the climb through life from birth in the present (the animals at the base of the construct) to death at
its peak. A historical and archetypal method runs through the relations too. In response to this struggle a simple sleeper
dressed in a nightgown and cap, stumbles into the room. A clock keeps time, but also keeps him awake. The sickness descends
upon him, vomiting a sea of negativity. The mantra of the empty wastepaper basket keeps the scene in check.
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