Flesh and Blood a kneeler reconstructed from reclaimed-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 kneelers wooden surfaces.
In the work Spencer explores symbolism and the transformation of profane materials into a sacred object. The affirmations and mirror are presented so the viewer is directed towards their inner Self. Thus using art as a function of dissenting from social constructs towards the possibility of an existential return to Self. The act of kneeling is a surrender to engage with the process. Spencer played on the viewers awkwardness of physically engaging with art work.
Inspired by Author Robert Holden, who posed the question “what would it be like not to judge yourself?”
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.”
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