Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Our Wreckage, Our Stoick, Our Salvation

Photo: Mark Woods

Our Wreckage, Our Stoick, Our Salvation


William Cordova

Peruvian, born 1971

Cordova’s drawings and collages combine references from music, literature, history, and politics—from Moby Dick to Simón Bolívar, the art and culture of the ancient Incas to graffiti and hip hop. His works are deceptively casual. Many depict scattered arrangements, such as air conditioning units and large candles, piles of records, and cast-off items arranged like unconventional backyard still lifes.
Mixed media on paper
8 1/4 × 11 1/8 in. (21 × 28.3cm)
Patricia Denny Art Acquisition Fund
Provenance: [Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, to 2013]
Photo: Mark Woods
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Sound Affect, Apr. 27, 2019 - Feb. 2, 2020.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

Learn more about Equity at SAM