Snakes shed their highly keratinized skins when the scales are so hardened that they stand in the way of growth. I think of this as an inspiring metaphor for us humans: the dogmatic ideas, the hardened feelings, the ingrained habits, we can leave them all behind as long as we dare to be vulnerable. Here we see my depiction of a snake. I like how the sunlight seems to get ‘stuck’ in the plastic. In the dirty yellow of the old foam you can see the tired softness of the material.
Can a person really change? I think this work is optimistic, but some call it naive. In Canada the work was mistaken for a depiction of bowel movement. I’m fine with that, as long as they get that it is about leaving something behind.