‘The painting is about being stuck, stagnated, in a state of frustrated un-change. Inasmuch as the world changes, it stays the same. Negative cycles of have and have nots, preservation and destruction, and progress and regress repeat upon themselves. Doldrums, in the sense of oceanic winds, can manifest in both calms and storms. The archaic meaning of the word refers to stupidity and tantrums. The painting strives to capture the futility and redundancy of economic, political, and social cycles of modern civilisation”. Mr Jago
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, famously describes doldrums.
All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.