2015, Oil on Italian Linen, 60 x 50cm


Punctuating an arc through triumph and failure, the monuments that map the rise and fall of Empires seem somehow more poignant when the event for which they were created has faded into history. With their conscious symbolism, they provide the foundation for a revisionist
take on the notions of beauty, pride, and nationalism

This stone lion guards the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. The seat of government from 1279 until the defeat of the House of Habsburg in 1918, this wounded lion is a poignant metaphor for the folly of the Habsburg’s expansionist ambitions.