The ancient Egyptian symbol of the Ouroboros, literally “which bites its own tail,” is layered in its meaning. The symbolism of the circle is a representation of the eternal return, while also tracing the shape of destiny turned in on itself; the one who acts is locked into their own cycle, ultimately harming themselves.
Questioning human evolution and its impacts on the environment, it is to this second interpretation that the work gives substance. Here, the ape is represented as a skeleton covered with gold leaf whose hand is made of clockwork parts, symbolising not only the origin of man but also their destination. If it is true that man descended from the ape, it is now this same man who has turned their focus almost entirely to economic action, who is endangering the survival of his ancestors and, furthermore, their own survival as a species.
As we have now become aware of the impact our actions have had on our natural habitat, as the values on which we have built ourselves are destined to change and finally, as time, despite all of the tools at our disposal to measure it, is beyond our control, our species is now at a crossroads. To immerse oneself in observing the Ouroboros is therefore to be faced with the importance of our future and to remind ourselves of our responsibility in its construction.
Adult male chimpanzee skeleton
22 carat gold
Powder coated steel
45 x 65 x 75 cm
Number of publishing : 4