The Golden Passage uses 13 different metallic colors meticulously applied with a proprietary chine-collé technique. The design of the boat in Passage is based on the reed boats of Lake Titicaca, made by the Uros indigenous people. The Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl built a series of reed boats, one of which was constructed by boat builders from Lake Titicaca, to demonstrate that ancient civilizations could have migrated and traded across the vast oceans. While also being a nod to The Raft of the Medusa by Géricault, the characters in the boat represent an overflow of cultural archetypes that are cast adrift in geo-politicized waters. The boat can also be seen as an ark carrying the whole of humanity – stranded on the boat together and unable to find safe harbor, the characters will have no choice but to eventually cannibalize each other and return to the depths of the ocean.
Image size:16-1/2" x 54-1/8"
Paper size: 20" x 57"
Sculpted dimensional chop
Signed by James Jean and numbered
Edition Size: 50