Flesh and Blood a kneeler reconstructed from reclaimed pallet wood, invites the audience to perform the ritual act of kneeling. From this position the participant faces a mirror placed on the wall, confronting their own reflection and words of affirmation burnt in reverse into the kneeler.

In the work I explore symbolism and the transformation of objects into sacred. The affirmations and mirror are presented to the viewer to direct them to Self, thus using art as a function of dissenting from social constructs towards the possibility of an existential return to Self.

Text Panel: “The world is a state of mind where we have an ego, a story etc. However, we have to know who we are? In my work ‘Flesh and Blood’ I invite you to contemplate your emotional presence and natural wisdom, by engaging with a sculpture which creates friction between a spiritual act and an existential return to self.”

Inspired by Author Robert Holden, who posed the question “what would it be like not to judge yourself?”

Exhibited as part of a group show by CAS associate artists titled Let Us Dissent at Spudworks Gallery, Hampshire (Sep 2019).

Material: reclaimed wooden pallets, mirror, fabric and pyrography

© Tony Spencer 2019