Sermon – On the seventh beatitude a reconstructed pulpit normally associated with the performance of a philosophical 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 inviting the participant to listen to an intimate recording of the artist reading work titled Sermon on the seventh beatitude. Through the work the artist intends to connect to the listener on a peer level, and explore what authentic success may looks like.

To research the work in 2019 the artist undertook a personal journey of authentic self-discovery, confronting insecurity, success and failure within the visual art sector. The work was inspired by Author Robert Holden and his book and programme titled Authentic Success and discussions by Sri Anish founder of Sadho Sangha.

The work was exhibited at the exhibition # Flaunt It, 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