Moby Dick draws symbolically from Herman Melville’s eponymous novel in which a wronged sea captain wages vengeance against a giant white whale. Both the novel and the painting itself further allegorize the Biblical tale of Jonah. The central suspended bone, a whale vertebra, was found when it washed up on a shore in County Mayo, Ireland. This contrasts in terms of scale, material and symbolism with the antique pocket compass - an heirloom passed down to me by my grandfather. As a whole, the piece plays with thematic tensions: fate vs free will, time vs space, life vs death.

Oil on Linen
76cm x 101cm
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© Kieran Ingram 2018