Sam Thomas: The Haywain at Spring 1883

1 - 4 Aug 2018
Press release

The title of Sam Thomas’ The Haywain refers to Hieronymus Bosch’s 1516 painting of the same which depicts a group of sinners, including clergy, frantically scrambling to grab hay from the titular wagon, in a metaphor for the folly of attachment to worldly things. In a contemporary context, Thomas’ work activates timely issues around our increasing abandonment of the physical world for virtual spaces and intangible interactions—making us, in Bosch’s terms, more godly and less worldly; however, as Thomas’ works remind us, the physical world, like a pile of hay bales, has a way of making itself known.

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