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Clara Hali

Keith Maxwell
Keith Maxwell

Stack, 2016

Stack is the amalgamation of landscape and yoga into a figurative form. The Blue Mountains geology symbolises the duality of fragility and strength in humans, while yoga represents the struggle to find balance. 

The dramatic topography of the Blue Mountains reflects the precarious balance of the human condition. The steep slopes of the Katoomba rainforest, with massive boulders tumbling down, is the perfect landscape for a ‘stack’ at the bottom.                 

This is relevant to my own life and, I expect, to many people’s lives.

Yoga means union. Yoga brings about a deeper awareness and, is essentially, about the awakening of the subconscious mind through a series of asanas (postures). Yoga develops self-control of body and mind with the final goal being self-realisation. Yoga aims to find equilibrium in even the most difficult situations. Life, for most of us, is about finding balance physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Stack, a figure in the yoga pose of Shirsasana (headstand), is about that precarious balance.

‘Stack’ noun: an ordered pile or heap.

Bronze and corten steel.