Dante's Ninth Gate; Finding Joe

Joe Auito's avatar Joe Auito

The visionary inspiration for my sculpture 'Dante's Ninth Gate: Finding Joe' was created in my mind during a mental breakdown that I suffered in 2016. I plunged into this very secluded and horrifying surreal surroundings, amongst millions of lost Joe souls, they sorely roamed like insects... mindlessly climbing, tunneling, following each other or going alone seeking salvation and sanity. Joe 'Finding Joe' on his journey of a man's desperate struggle from falling deeper into the inferno hell of mental disorder and insanity. Dante's ninth gate is real, anyone that has traveled to that bad place in their sub-conscience can attest to it. So many have gone there and so few have ever returned untouched by it. For several months the question was will Joe 'Find Joe?' I was able to help Joe escape and find some solitude when I was able to physically and visually recreate these nightmares into this sculpture. The piece was created using multi-medium items and individually created figures.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 18 inches
  • Medium: Multi Media
  • Width: 6 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 2 feet