Oil on Canvas
The phrase “to scale great heights”—to reach a summit, to achieve great success—is here visualized through the playful conflation of its literal and metaphorical meanings. A giraffe’s long neck, circled by a vine, rests on the suit pants and loafers of a businessman. The animal and plant are predisposed to verticality, seeming to defy gravity and tower over land. The natural potential for humans to grow remains less certain, a doubt reaffirmed by the exaggerated heels of the shoes.