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Boxer I

Boxer I, 1996

The juxtaposition of a flat ground of trophies, symbols of success and happiness, with a well-groomed boxer in a business jacket is evocative. Possible puzzlings: Why so competitive in one's attitude to work? Will fighting one's way to the top ensure happiness 'out there?' In the divinatory language of the ancient Tarot, the suit of cups corresponds to emotional satisfaction 'in here,' an internal state of grace. The boxer's pantless legs allude to his vulnerability in positing that the trophy of fulfillment lies in the outside world.

Boxer I

48" X 60"
Oil on canvas and gold leaf, 1996
Collection of Tobias Schliessler

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