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And He Fell Into The Sea

2017

Digital projection and sculpture

 

But the young Icarus, overwhelmed by the thrill of flying, did not heed his father's warning, and flew too close to the sun whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea.

 

As well as being a line from the The Myth Of Icarus, 'And He Fell Into The Sea' is the title of a short essay written by Tacita Dean chronicling the artist's interest in the English sailor Donald Crowhurst, who disappeared in the late 1960s during a solo round–the–world boat race. Combining video projection and sculpture, this iteration, draws upon the long legacy of disappearance at sea, and a geometrical play between sphericity, and an orientational preference for vertical and horizontal lines.