Noah's Ark

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1980
Found wood, nails, and paint
18.75 x 69 x 14.5 inches

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Griffin’s Noah’s Ark, inspired by the Old Testament story (Genesis 6–9), renders explicit the artist’s statement that “all my work is like the Testaments.”

Griffin’s Noah’s Ark, inspired by the Old Testament story (Genesis 6–9), renders explicit the artist’s statement that “all my work is like the Testaments.” This extraordinary visual conception appears to conflate the blue waters of the flood, the white sky and clouds, the blood red of the flesh destroyed in the deluge, and the black mountain where the ark came to rest in one abstracted, boat-shaped form. For Griffin, the apocalyptic associations of Noah’s Ark, which saved Noah and his descendants from destruction, may have foreshadowed the slave ships that later condemned Africans and their descendants to bondage in the Americas. —Timothy Anglin Burgard