The Raven and the Goat, in this case an Angora endemic to the Middle East, are watching events as they supposedly unfold on television. The TV sets however depict a scene different in time to what is actually happening, suggesting that the actual event is less newsworthy than the repeated broadcast of the moment of impact. This brings into question the priorities, motives and responsibilities of the media as objective disseminators of information.
The Raven as a symbol of wisdom is looking not only at the television, but also at the event as it unfolds. The Goat in turn is facing the TV and the Raven, but not the event itself. The Goat's close proximity to the Raven further suggests that dialogue may be taking place between them.
The Goat, partially clothed in a white caftan or perhaps the robes of the Statue of Liberty, appears to be holding the American flag. These symbols perhaps allude not only to past alliances, but to sleeper cells operating in societies world wide and thereby serve as a cautious reminder of the dangers of international complacency and double standards.
Hodnett completed this work within weeks of the event and the painting was first exhibited at the Britannia Community Center Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, in May 2002 and later the same year in a major solo exhibition at the Ballard Lederer Gallery in Vancouver.
The painting was purchased in 2003 by Canadian-based James Hoggan & Associates for their corporate collection.
Signed lower right. Size: 150 cm. x 135 cm. / 59 in. x 53 in.
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