From The Silk Route Series, 2015 – 2016


‘At his best, Man is the noblest of all animals;
separated from law and justice he is the worst.’

Aristotle, 384BC – 322BC

The Silk Route Series, 2015/2016, refers to justice, power, balance and probity.
Over the past few years I have been working on The Cardinal Virtues. These virtues are Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Fortitude.

Virtues are guidelines and codes of conduct. The Cardinal Virtues are a treatise in dualism and every virtue has its vice. What today constitutes a virtue? How are these virtues transformed or perhaps sublimated into an acceptable form? Who today are the virtuous?

Temperance, 2009 and Fortitude, 2005, have both been realised. Prudence, using the metaphor of the game of Golf as its vehicle and themes from Caspar David Friedrich on the idealised landscape, is a work in progress.

‘We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue
that which is achieved without either.’

Niccolo Machiavelli 1469-1627

As my work is process based, The Silk Route Series has become a part of my investigation into the virtue of Justice. Other aspects to this new body of work include a Digital LED scrolling dictionary of Legal terminology, photographic images from the Robing Room in a Provincial Courthouse and embroidered text on Lawyers ‘Flap’ collars.

The Silk Route Series,  2015 - 2016 Letter of Wishes, 2016.  Lamdachrome Print under non-reflective glass,  80X120. ed 3/3 Paper Trail. 2015  ed 3/3  Lamdachrome Print under non-reflective glass,  80X120. ed 3/3 Secrets and lies! 2015 ed 3/3 Lamdachrome Print under non-reflective glass,  80X120. ed 3/3 Kin, 2016  ed 3/3 Lamdachrome Print under non-reflective glass,  80X120. ed 3/3 Innocent, 2016. Lambda chrome print framed under non-reflective glass, 80X120, ed 3/3.
From The Silk Route Series, 2015 – 2016