Painting 9 – The River, 2007.

'The River'

The River

Oil and acrylic on board. 20 x 15 cm, 2007.

Utu, I have something to say to you — a word in your ear! I greet you — please pay attention! In my city people are dying, and hearts are full of distress. People are lost — that fills me with {wretched} dismay. I craned my neck over the city wall: corpses in the water make the river almost overflow. That is what I see. That will happen to me too — that is the way things go. No one is tall enough to reach heaven; no one can reach wide enough to stretch over the mountains. Since a man cannot pass beyond the final end of life, I want to set off into the mountains, to establish my renown there. Where renown can be established there, I will establish my renown; and where no renown can be established there, I shall establish the renown of the gods.” – The Epic of Gilgamesh, c.1800BC, Gilgames and Huwawa, 21-33.

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