Paul Baker Prindle
TITLE: Ho Trovato Via Catania
MEDIUM: porcelain, cotton, jute, Paraponera clavata (bullet ants), glass
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 10″ x 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: This art work is part of a larger series of work that explores memory, bodily trauma, pain, and recovery. The bullet ant’s sting is rated among the most highly painful stings in the natural world and is often likened to being shot. In areas of South America, young Indigenous men endure countless stings in a ceremony that marks their entry into adulthood. In this sculpture the ants reference a moment of awakening I had as a young man. At the age of 21, my leg was shattered and nearly severed in a serious accident while living abroad. It was the most painful event of my life and an event that troubles my mind to this day. That day is like a narrowing between what once was and what is now today.