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  • The Sinuosities of the Serpent

  • The Sinuosities of the Serpent

  • The Sinuosities of the Serpent I

  • The Sinuosities of the Serpent II

  • The Sinuosities of the Serpent III

The Sinuosities of the Serpent and the Unchanging Twoness of Things, 2011

Snake traces in charcoal powder on paper, wood, paint, charcoal powder

"All games have morals; and the game of Snakes and Ladders captures, as no other activity can hope to do, the eternal truth that for every ladder you hope to climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner, and for every snake a ladder will compensate. But it's more than that; no mere carrot-and-stick affair; because implicit in the game is unchanging twoness of things, the duality of up against down, good against evil; the solid rationality of ladders balances the occult sinuosities of the serpent; in the opposition of staircase and cobra we can see, metaphorically, all conceivable oppositions."

Salmon Rushdie, Midnight's Children