In Deleuzian terms, a manifold is a topological space defined by different degrees of freedom or movement. These manifolds in combination can be used to define the mechanical movements of animals to machines.
This painting relates to the boat/whale hybrid sculpture, The Short History of Man and Animal, also in this exhibition. In this depiction, we see the boat shares in part the natural form of the spine. Almost all vehicles and tools have said to be extensions of the animal body itself. The cranium and spine alone also resemble the very first human locomotion through liquid, the spermatazoa.
Acrylic and Pastel on Canvas 300 x 120 cm
(each canvas 150 x 120cm) In the permanent collection of
RMIT University Contemporary Vietnamese Art Collection