"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." Tony Spencer - Artist Statement

Flesh and Blood was exhibited as part of a group show by CAS associate artists titled Let Us Dissent at Spudworks, Hampshire. The work invites the viewer to perform the act of kneeling on a stool associated with the church, and look deeply into their own eyes reflected in a mirror. From a kneeling position it also enables the person to read words of affirmation burnt into the wooden stool, which are eligible through the mirrors reflection.

The act of looking intently into a mirror, supported by positive affirmations was inspired by the late Louise Hay author and founder of Hay House.

Louise Hay wrote: “I know that mirror work can be very confronting at first. It reveals your most basic fear and your most terrible self-judgments. But if you keep looking in the mirror, you will begin to see through those judgments and see who you really are.”

The question is what would it be like not to judge yourself? By placing the viewer in the reflection together with the artwork and pyrography of affermations on the work, it places them in a position of choice, to judge or not? Because when you judge yourself, or the work, or the affirmations, you only see the judgement.

Material: reclaimed wooden pallets, mirror, fabric, pyrography

© Tony Spencer