My latest piece, Meditating on Salvation, is currently on view at Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood, Ca.
The Jesus Figure is a ready-made that I altered and then hung on the cross, which I knit from a black silk/wool-blend. The gold dots on the Christ figure are a reference to the chakras, while the leather harness speaks to sexuality.
When making this piece for Keeaster, Antebellum’s Easter themed exhibition, I was seeking to expand upon the Christian notion of Salvation (i.e. that Salvation can only come through accepting Christ as your savior). Having once been a born again Christian, I now find this stultifying conceptualization of salvation to be all to narrow. While the word salvation has become bogged down by cultural, religious, and dogmatic connotations, I interpret the notion of salvation to be closer to transcendence. Both concepts are connected to going beyond the material world in order to connect to something more profound. For me, salvation/transcendence comes in many forms, be it art, meditation, knitting, or sexuality.