Enkidu Dreaming

Enkidu was created by the gods at the request of the people of Uruk, who wished to provide Gilgamesh with an equal companion, against whom he could test his strength, (to protect their young men and women from Gilgamesh’s wilder exploits).

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the earliest documents of human endeavour, from the third millennium BC. It is the story of a young man and his exploits, many of them in combat and sexual conquest, and his vain struggle to attain immortality.

Throughout the poem there is a tension between the divine and animal-like nature of man. In a dream Enkidu is led into the underworld where he sees mortals transformed into bird-like creatures.

This piece is the second in response to this theme. The first was exhibited at the NewportCityMuseum and ArtGallery, South Wales, UK, November 2009 to January 2010.

Porcelain, Stoneware and Terrcotta clays with oxides applied and fired to 1400C.
Size:
H: 120mm L: 640mm
Completion Date:
2012