Waiting For Godot
On poplar panel, gesso, oil, white gold and japanese paper – 193 x 132cms.
‘Waiting for Godot’ depicts a twisted, silvered tree. The work was inspired by japanese lacquer work and the strong, sculptural, wind-formed structure of the trees that surround the studio where the piece was made. Each year in October the trees are pruned to the same height producing an elaborate knuckle of built up bark from which thin, silvery branches appear in Spring and reach towards the sky. The panels are split at just the height that the tree will once again be pollarded as the cycle of growth and dormancy continues.
The title refers to the Samuel Beckett play in which the initial stage directions describe the simple stage setting as a country road, a tree, night. It is a location not to be particularised. The play is divided into two acts (as is the panel) in the first act the tree is bare and in the second a few leaves have appeared despite the script indicating it is only the next day. Of the two main characters, one is ‘reaching’ towards the spiritual and the other more, ‘rooted’ in the physical. The symbolism of the play is held in the solitary tree as the cross or tree of life.