Sam Taylor-Wood b. 1967
Ascension (2003)
In Ascension (2003), a man lies prone while another appears to tap dance on his chest, balancing a white dove on his head. Precariously, the dove stays with the dancing man through every movement, until finally it leaves him, flying off screen. What at first seems an almost literal treatment belies a serious engagement with the reality of mortality and the hope of something beyond.