Neon Classics 2019 - Collage series
Nietzsche’s late writings that express more and more doubt of religion’s benefits to humankind, and his theory of perspectivism that situates all constructs within the cultural contexts that create them, is central to my thinking about religion and Christianity in particular. I share the idea that religion is perspectivism. This series of collages aims to communicate this belief through deliberate disruptions of Christian iconography that presents Christian narratives as universals.
This is achieved through the appropriation of important western art-historical images juxtaposed by my own visual lexicon. Silver-leaf ellipses interrupt the classical compositions and cut, separate, distort or otherwise interfere in the original religious messages. These blunt interventions signify the blocks in our consciousness that make truly reckoning with perspectivism impossible. Neon pinks and oranges are shot through the compositions to further undermine a monochromatic stability in the old masters art prints. Ink stamps on the peripheries of the collage compositions spell out in sign language core ideas as well as the title of each piece.