"Pyxis Awry (theta)", 11/2020, bronze, 4"h x19"w x8"d (10 x 48x 20cm)

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Pyxis is a small and faint constellation in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for a mariner's compass   Pyxis is completely visible in latitudes south of 53 degrees north from January through March.

awry  1 : in a turned or twisted position or direction: askew      2 : off the correct or expected course: amiss


The works in this series feature a “vessel” form - historically understood in art and literature as a

symbol or metaphor for the self, a group of people, human kind. If the vessel's compass is awry it will likely end up adrift, untethered, off course.

My intent with this series is raise questions/search for answers relative to personal (or a group) decisions or courses of action and

shed light on the resulting consequences, whether they are personal, political, environmental.

The greek letter Theta, which is prominently cut into the base of this piece, suggests a futher dark outcome.

? (???at??, death) in a mosaic

•  In ancient times,  Tau  was used as a symbol for life or reserection , whereas the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet, theta, was considered the symbol of death.