2017-02, Elliott Wall, Я иду с мечем, судия, oil on linen, 60×90″, 01

Я иду с мечем, судия, (detail)

It seems like the protagonist of this Map Room might be Brünnhilde, where the central challenge of subjectivity is profoundly protagorean. Over the shield maiden’s head, figuratively and literally, are the ascending steps of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, on one side, and on the other, Kohlberg’s Hierarchy of Moral development. The floor— what we stand on— is an illusion of orthogonality between values, the human ethical and aesthetic heuristic.