Sermon – On the seventh beatitude a reconstructed pulpit normally associated with the performance of a philosophical or theological presentation, is used on this occasion as a platform, which invites the audience to individually ascend the spiral stairs and stand in view overlooking the space. At the top there is a set of headphones, so the participant can listen to an intimate recording of the artist reading work titled Sermon on the seventh beatitude.
In the work Spencer explores self-reflection, and the function of art as an initiation to contemplate and expand the psyche. The pulpit is designed as a ritual to lead the participant on a path of ascent to the audio message, which explores a surrender attachment to ego identification and soul identification and ultimately seeing through the illusion of separate self.
The text was inspired by Author Robert Holden and his insight into the Enneagram and a Satsangh (philosophical discussion) hosted by Sri Anish.
The work was exhibited at the exhibition # Flaunt It 2, The Arches, Southampton (Nov 2019), a co-curated exhibition by studio residents Tony Spencer and Peter McGinnis, with guest artist Jilly Evans.
Materials: Reclaimed pallet-wood, black mat paint, audio recording, headphones.
© Tony Spencer 2019