TOTEM: SACRED BEINGS AND SPIRIT OBJECTS

Eclectic Selection

The eclectic selection of artists each take a disparate approach to the notion of the sacred in their practices. The exhibition is interspersed with the presence of totemic 'Sacred Beings'; certain artists choose to represent themselves as a spiritual entity, utilizing their physical bodies to discuss their own individual metaphysical explorations. The mass use of prosaic or ubiquitous articles such as used pill packets or origami paper flowers, is prevalent in many of the artworks, suggesting that the repetitious accumulation of the mundane can somehow result in a profound conclusion. For some artists it is the ritualistic process that imbues the work with sacramental qualities, whilst others allude more explicitly to physically totemic forms.

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James Roper - Devotion
2002-2005, Origami paper, Dimensions variable
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Saad Qureshi - Congregation
2014, Clay, plaster, straw, pinewood and concrete, dimensions variable
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Anida Yoeu Ali - Spiral Alley. The Buddhist Bug Project
2014, Digital C-print, 75 x 112.5 cm, Edition 1/5

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