For Cooke the elk represented a powerful symbol of pre-civilised consciousness. In this painting the elk emerges majestically from the gloomy bog land with its enormous antlers treated like massive antennae transmitting, as it were, a message from the past. The elk yielded up by the bog, demonstrates the process of perpetual interchange that occurs in life which Cooke believes forces us into a confrontation with what is real.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||142.2 x 142.2 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Donation, Vincent & Noeleen Ferguson, 1996|
|Not on view|
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