Disorientating and hallucinatory, path of eight plays with perception, plotting it on a crash course with a dream world; a doorway, some windows, a stairway and corridor, all show a slightly skewed perspective between each other. A human figure is emerging into the space, from a ghostly portal embedded in a brick wall. Nearby, a tree growing in the foreground melds into this wall and becomes a painting. Its imagery branching upward eventually transforming into a cartoon of the sun with a bold and confident face. A stairway rises to a statue of a man clubbing a mythical beast, meanwhile a fury of fire rages through an ancient Roman landscape, all beneath a street light at sunset.
Conceptions abound in this piece, for instance there are two suns; one rising and the other near sunset. Signifying a beginning and end, ultimately the passage of time. Windows face west, rising across various tiers, looking towards the sunset, witness to the scene below. A door marked with 8 opens to the building with the windows. A portrait of the sun alludes to an uplift of movement, carried in the branches of a tree that grows. The flat brick wall is stacked and orderly, in contrast to the statue, which is made of the same material, yet curved and formed, depicting an ominous scene.
Path of 8 is a metaphor for life and its infinite possibilities. We arrive into this world by miracle, and then while we are young we grow and branch upwards, shine like a sun, optimistic and exuberant. Through the levels of education we rise further, looking out of windows to learn about the world. Then, as adults, the looking ends and we head out into the fray. We take-on the daily difficulties that always burn in the background, slay the beasts that challenge us, and read the signs deep in our intuition for guidance on direction. Whatever way we find, it eventually brings our sunset. A bittersweet journey, so wondrous and frightful, a gift of life, a gift of time, to look upon this world with. How will you love it?