ABOUT THE WORK
Material: glass,mixed media,acrylic
Referencing Donatello's David, which sexualizes a young David (of the David and Goliath story), this piece is a modern reinterpretation... Read More
Referencing Donatello's David, which sexualizes a young David (of the
David and Goliath story), this piece is a modern reinterpretation of the
original, with David conquering his Goliath. The piece is rich with
catholic symbolism and vivid mythical imagery.
This piece was
created during the first Covid lock down, I had read that this lock down
was incredibly hard on victim's of abuse as they were locked in with
their abusers. Upon reading this, I began thinking about the years of
abuse in the Catholic church and the history that has been coming to
light over the past years. I imagine the effect this abuse must have on
the victims and how many of them survive this and do so with strength.
This piece is a testament to that idea.
Each element is
representative of different ideas. The deflating snake balloon
represents the conquering of the religious perception of 'evil'. The
golden flaccid sword represents the impotent power that the abusers
attempt to possess. The stuffed bleeding lamb represents the imaginary
sacrifice of those abusers in the catholic church and the cover up which
has allowed them to exist. The school boy outfit gives context and
innocence to the figure.
Like most of my work, the figurative
components are sculpted from hot glass and assembled together with
clothing coated in epoxy resin. The snake and sword and additional
elements are made from cast and applied acrylic. The lamb is a found and
Photo: Mike Van Cleven