Goat

When I saw this tree cutting, it instantly reminded me of a goat’s head, with its long thin face and beard. The likeness is distant—in an almost Surrealist/Cubist way—but somehow I couldn’t shake it. Goat is plant matter being repurposed as animal iconography, celebrating the way our minds work in “seeing things” in nature and how we get spooked. Goat is not so much about goats (although I am really fond of them) as it is about that innate tendency—gift, really—to see things where they don’t exist, and therefore about us. Oh and a word of thanks to the tree-cutter who might have seen the goat too!

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