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Let Us Prey: Verses I and II

Let Us Prey: Verses I and II on display at Lump Gallery in Raleigh, NC through January 4, 2021. They are part of Opulence, Decadence, a show about abundance curated by William Paul Thomas.

These two pieces are reflections on the dark side of abundance. Abundance doesn’t just appear. It must be accumulated (read as: mined, harvested, or hunted) from existing resources that are always limited by natural laws and systems of interdependence. We are, by nature or by acquiescence, predators who consume our prey. Something, plant or animal, must die for us to live. We facilitate the regeneration of living resources so that we may kill again. We call it farming and harvesting. Even grocery shopping is soft-core predation. The eggshells, symbolic of life taken with intention and precision, are arranged in a quasi-coded form of verses from an ancient Yaiovumic civilization. The ossuaries speak for themselves.

Verse I, Feast: Let us Prey Our feasts begin with death and celebration. We feed on taken lives.

Verse II, Famine: Let us Prey. Some beings perish during times of famine. Others flourish by consuming remains.

  1. On display in Opulence, Decadence at Lump Gallery in Raleigh, NC

  2. Let Us Prey: Verse I

  3. Depth of frame detail

  4. Frame detail

  5. Frame detail showing gold leaf ossuary below the eggs.

  6. Ossuary detail

  7. Ossuary detail

  8. Two different egg treatments with black acrylic

  9. Egg treatment with gold leaf

  10. Egg treatment

  11. The back with verse and signature

  12. Signature and verse on back

    A rough decoding of Verse II from the Let Us Prey series. This is only an approximation based on small fragments of text in the or…