The Hanged Man
oil paint on canvas
76 x 51 cm
Esbenshade’s work The Hanged Man is a still-life ruminating on death and knowledge. Pulling from a variety of mythic backgrounds the tableau features a range of symbols: a cow’s skull, a silver cup and plate, a pomegranate and a tarot card, all examining our quest to ‘know’. Ignorance must not be bliss if we’re always willing to sacrifice ourselves to gain it, and accept violent change once we do.
Featured in ALL YOU CAN EAT: GROUP EXHIBITION
26 JULY – 11 AUGUST 2019 at Brunswick Street Gallery