Man in a Boat

Ron Mueck


Mueck's work charts humanity's progress through life from birth to death, and one work stands out for its more symbolic treatment of this journey. In Man in a Boat, 2002 Mueck has placed a naked, middle-aged man in a small, black boat. The man has no means of steering a course and no oars or sails, but is cast adrift on the sea of life. The man tips his head to the right and strains his eyes as though he is trying to make out what is in store for him.

Material: Mixed Media
Size: Figure: 75cm (H) Boat: 421.6 x 139.7 x 122cm
On loan to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
© Ron Mueck