Pete Tatham is a professional sculptor who specialises in large sculptural works in a wide range of mediums and his work regularly blurs the lines between traditional and conceptual sculpture.
Atlas Dust to Dust
Dust to Dust is a contemporary version of the iconic mythological god Atlas. Designed to be viewed in terms of a simple struggle with mortality, it also incorporates more complex themes of the environmental and geopolitical destructive nature of humankind.
This piece was originally inspired by the artist’s struggle with health. After being bed-ridden for the greater part of two years, diagnosed with M.E., Pete Tatham described it as, “Though my entire world and body had disintegrated around me.”
The work was created over 20 years later created when the artist’s father was dying and shortly before the birth of his daughter. The ambivalence of hope and despair, the cycle of death and regeneration dominates a piece determined to make the viewer contemplate a world teetering on the edge of despair and destruction.
Atlas is the first in a series of eight large sculptures by the artist. The next titled ‘Eve; Original Sin,’ is due for release early in 2019.