Leviathan

2017

Shezad Dawood
Shezad Dawood works across film, textiles, print, painting and sculpture to explore how different systems of language, site and narrative can exist within and between these forms. His work often involves collaboration and is particularly concerned with acts of editing and re-staging. Leviathan, 2017, is a diminutive sculpture of a whale that captures the tension between man and nature through an image taken from John Huston’s film adaptation of Moby Dick. Made from resin, the object has an oxidised finish that gives the impression of a rusted, beached cargo ship. It is part of the artist’s extended project Leviathan, which explores possible links between geographic borders, mental health and marine welfare through a ten-part film series, textiles, sculptures and neons.
  • Artwork Details: 12 x 40 x 5cm
  • Edition: 9 of 10
  • Material description: Resin with oxidised finish
  • Credit line: © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC22/2020
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