Direct carving by hand
Locally sourced red cedar
H 150 W 40 D 70 (cm)
H 4'92" W 1'31" D 2'29"
This sculpture has its origins in the meditations of the Divine Comedy, Borges’ lectures on the Comedy, Christian traditions and our pursuit of transcendence. This piece is rooted in the Passion of Christ. The block of wood is structured in two realms: the spiritual and the physical, or heaven and earth. The upper block contemplates the idea of the spiritual realm, and the bottom block represents the earthly or physical realm in which we live. The figure of Christ mediates between the two realms.
This piece refers to the verse in the 5th Canto of the Inferno in the Divine Comedy: “e caddi come corpo morto cade”, meaning “and falls like a dead body falls”. Borges highlights Dante’s use of onomatopoeia to create the impression of a dead body falling and hitting the ground. In the sculpture, the words “cade cade” show the physical and human aspect of Christ following his death, and “sale” embodies the idea of ascension into the spiritual realm on the third day. The tension between these two realms of existence places the physical perception of awareness with which we live in side by side with the transcendental domain for which we long.