Atlas Dust to Dust
Dust to Dust is a contemporary version of the iconic mythological god Atlas. Designed to be viewed in terms of a simple struggle with mortality, it also incorporates more complex themes of the environmental and geopolitical destructive nature of humankind.
This piece was originally inspired by the artist's struggle with health. Being diagnosed with M.E. when he was aged 17 and bed- ridden for the greater part of 2 years Pete Tatham described it as, "Though my world and body was disintegrating around me."
The work was created over 20 years later created when the artist's father was dying and shortly before the birth of his daughter. The ambivalence of hope and despair, the cycle of death and regeneration dominates a piece determined to make the viewer contemplate a world teetering on the edge of destruction.
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