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Rodney Glick
Project team: Made Leno,
Dewa Tirtayasa, Wayan Darmadi, Chris Hill

Everyone No.64
Detail
2009
Carved and painted wood
70 x 100 x 42cm

Universal themes abound in Everyone No.64. We see a beautiful young woman wielding blood soaked knives, a severed head and a bowl of blood. She stands astride a corpse that lies supine but aroused on a burning funeral pyre. The blood from the bowl she is holding drips onto the corpse. Again the strange imagery takes us into a different realm, to a world of ancient gods and goddesses who act out, without our inhibitions, the primeval emotions that have existed throughout time. The woman is based on an early Indian image of Kali. Dark and alluring, Kali is a manifestation of Durga. Associated with death, she lurks in cremation grounds, but death also brings rebirth and a cycle of renewal. The woman depicted here is in a position of total domination but she also brings life; she is powerful and terrifying, but at the same time desirable and arousing. Paradoxes such as this will always confuse and cause anxiety, but perhaps what we can learn is that we cannot deny emotional states that have existed since before time. The best we can do is seek acceptance and strive for some sort of balance.

Extract from catalogue essay by Chris Hill, Punching the Devil, New works from Rodney Glick Everyone Series, 2009

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