James Cook met his end in the Hawaiian Islands 14 February 1789. There is some dispute as to whether he was killed, dismembered and eaten or whether his flesh was burned from his bones so his bones could become reliquary for the Hawaiian chiefs. Having engaged in conversation with many people during the exhibition each had a particular take on this story. It just goes to show how incomplete our history is and how lacking in depth the European songlines are, how we are distracted by consumerism and lulled into some form of cultural and personal amnesia for fun and profit.
James Cook (after Nathaniel Dance) 2019, oil on 100% hemp on five panels, dimensions variable.