Jim West, The Search, 2018, Medium, Dimensions (m/cm), Collection of the Artist, Pittsburgh, PA
All of us are searching to find our one true path. It is the journey of a lifetime to discover who we are. But truth is not external; it is not something that we find. Truth is something deeper. It resides in all of us.
The Search portrays that journey for truth. It is symbolic of that yearning. It is a longing for identity and the need to be fulfilled. Reaching deep into the water, he sees his own reflection, a young man in the prime of life fishing for his soul. It is the moment that he understands that the answers lie within. He finds himself, within himself. He is where he’s always been.