Photo Credit: Stuart Bunce
This installation uses text, sound and smell to create contrasting elements in the context of a Christian chapel, which is familiar to Western culture. The pungent smell of incense and low light evokes the atmosphere of a religious environment, which is enhanced by blocking up the windows with rock texture, mimicking the uneven surfaces of the original chapel walls. The text on the floor visually picks up on the font of gravestones and yet the content has been appropriated from graffiti. This often has sexually implicit meanings. However the chapel has also been used as a mortuary, and so the juxtaposition of life and death are both present and absent here. The installation also plays on 'the missionary position' in cultures such as Africa and aims to be thought provoking.
vacuum form, paint, incense, wood, goldleaf, thurible, sound.