Ian Crawley
Gods Prototype  
The nature of man
NervesGods Prototype  
The nature of man
Nerves (detail)Gods Prototype  
The nature of man
MusclesGods Prototype  
The nature of man
Muscles (detail)Gods Prototype  
The nature of man
SkeletonGods Prototype  
The nature of man
Skeleton (detail)Gods Prototype  
The nature of man
BodyGods prototype  
The nature of man
Body (detail)Gods Prototype  
The nature of Man
LungsGods Prototype 
The nature of man
HeartGods Prototype  
The nature of man
StomachGods Prototype
The nature of man
KidneysGods Prototype
The nature of man
PenisGods Prototype
The nature of man
VaginaGods Prototype  
The nature of man
ArmGods Prototype  
The nature of man
BrainGods Prototype  
The nature of man
Brain (on stand)Gods Prototype
The nature of man
Spare Rib (use this to make female)Gods Prototype
The nature of man
Spare Rib (use this to make female)
(detail)Gods Prototype
The nature of man
Gods EyeGods Prototype
The nature of man
Body (on stand)Gods Prototype
The nature of man
Muscles (on stand)Gods Prototype
The nature of man
Nerves (on stand)
Gods Prototype
The nature of man
In this body of work “Gods Prototype; The nature of man,” I am using materials found in nature such as stones, tree branches, soil, green moss etc., to illustrate the anatomy of the human body. These works are not literal interpretations but prototypes; something God would have probably created while sitting around in the Garden of Eden on a wet Sunday afternoon.

This work has grown out of an interest in the use of materials to investigate the interaction between man and nature, between the natural and the artificial (man-made). I am interested in the metaphorical associations man has placed on these various materials in an effort to understand who he is and to make sense of the world around him.

Since the beginning of time, human beings throughout the world have used raw materials like these to make a connection between the physical world and their spiritual needs. Many of these materials were used to try and explore the meaning and mystery of life and became symbols for their faith and belief in something greater than themselves.

When my son was young he used to collect stones and present them to me as a gift. This seemingly insignificant act from a son to a father had a profound effect on my understanding of the spiritual power of such objects. In that gesture, it was not hard to believe that what I held in my hand was the very stones given to Adam by his first born son, Cain. These stones became a direct link to the past, to my ancestors and to all cultures around the world. It reminded me that there is a universal experience; a continuity that occurs simultaneously throughout the world regardless of time and place. This power of belief can transform common elements into something much more profound, into magical objects that can unify time, people and cultural differences. A simple branch can be cut from the actual tree of knowledge and some sticks and stones combined can become the ones used by God as a prototype for the first set of lungs. In this way I am excited by the idea that nature’s materials could well provide an insight into “the nature of man.”

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