> Amulet-Wishes

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Amulets/Wishes, plaster, pigment, wishes, 6 x 6 x 1,5cm, installation dimensions variable, 2015 ongoing 

Amulets is an on going  project which explores the ritualistic implications involved in the healing processes and how myth, folklore and common belief hold responsible objects such as amulets or physical locations, with healing properties. In in this work, wishes were collected from participants during an open studio night. Participants donated their wishes by writing them on provided pieces of paper, these were subsequently  included in a wall installation based on the ex-voto(1) practice.

(1)The ex-voto tradition is the ancient practice used by the Etruscans, subsequently adopted by Christianity, in which a painting or other object was left as an offering in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude for recovery from an illness or injury.

 

 

 

 

> Gorgan

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Gorgan, red Grosseto marble, 40 X 40 X 40 cm, 2011
image courtesy of RDS, photo by Roland Paschhoff

This piece is an exploration of the inner body, it takes inspiration from the internal organs and the reseach of the human anatomy and its context within art history. The work also aims to shift the concept of the tradition in art of representing the external human form and show instead the visceral ‘ugly’ beauty. The stone used is Grosseto  red marble which has been worked to show the contrast between the outer coarser form and the smooth inner crevices. The form is quite sensuous inviting the viewer to associate it to the female organs and the Sheela na gigs. The title Gorgan (gore+organ), takes from the Greek mythology Gorgon. In Ancient Greek it means a female creature, deriving from the ancient Greek word gorgos, which means “dreadful creatures”. Because of their legendary and powerful gaze that could turn one to stone, images of the gorgons were put upon objects and buildings for protection.

> The fractured self – Artaud’s novena

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The fractured self – Artaud’s novena explores healing and the coping mechanisms that come into play when the body and the mind are at pains to mend a trauma. The walking stick, resembling a spine is broken and re-assembled in nine pieces using medical shunts. Stemming from aspects concerning the life of the writer and artist Antonin Artaud, the walking stick is used as a metaphor for a damaged schizophrenic body/soul, hoping to be healed through cathartic experiences.