Hireling Shepherd

Hireling Shepherd, 2015 16’x12’x12′ Bellevue Art Museum, WA.

Something like this could usually be easily remedied. Well, probably not easily, but could be remedied. It happened slowly in a way that, while it could be conceived of, was barely believed. Then it happened all at once. I guess, at that point it was easier to call the growing discomfort a sense of anticipation—to tell ourselves this was something we chose—to distract ourselves until the numbness was almost complete and we could say, this is what pleasure feels like, if not pleasure than peace, if not peace then at least contentment. Something like this could usually be remedied.

It is really uncomfortable, and will eventually be fatal, but there is no immediate danger.