Obol, 2012Rowboat, pennies, mixed media23" × 48” × 141"

Just off-shore, this rowboat filled with pennies cryptically waits in the water, drawing attention to mythological and contemporary notions of financial and spiritual prosperity developed around the vital resource of water. The title of the work, Obol, references the Greek myth of placing coins on the dead’s eyes or under their tongue in order to pay Charon, the ferryman who took dead souls across the River Styx to the underworld. The weight of the amassed pennies, a small, nearly worthless currency, undermines the equilibrium of the boat, threatening to sink it and warning viewers (and perhaps potential passengers) of capital’s strain on security and well-being.

Special Thanks: Lars Fisk, Tal Berry, and Kent Johnson