Mountain Goat

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    Photo: Dan Jurgens
Found wood and paint
31.5 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

The Mountain Goat, a scavenger-survivor (like a root doctor), displays the bodily crags and fissures of the mountains. His hardheadedness and durability, as required by habitation on the margins of the inhabited world (like Griffin), conjures a reward—his head sprouts a wizard's hat—which suggests a connection between the rites of survival in antagonistic climes and the gradual acquisition of wizardry "tricks": magic as a kind of bunion rubbed up by long-term social and political discomfort.