My intent here is to merge the sublimity of church windows with the depravity of smashed liquor bottles. These bodily abstractions explore the polarities between the sacred and profane, the shattered and whole, illustrating the interrelationships between dysphoria, depression and addiction. They depict the somatic experiences of transparency, fragmentation and alienness. While the surface of the glass is passive, representing openness and emptiness, when it is struck by light it becomes rich and dynamic. My hope was to maintain solemnity without wallowing in bleakness.
"Why, then, should sculpture remain shackled by laws which have no justification? Let us break them courageously and proclaim the complete abolition of the finished line and the closed statue. Let us open up the figure like a window and enclose within it the environment in which it lives." Umberto Boccioni, Technical Manifesto of Futurist Sculpture
"The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." Gen. 1:2
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 5:3
"Is it really so sad and dangerous to be fed up with seeing with your eyes, breathing with your lungs, swallowing with your mouth, talking with your tongue, thinking with your brain, having an anus and larynx, head and legs? Why not walk on your head, sing with your sinuses, see through your skin, breathe with your belly: the simple Thing, the Entity, the full Body, the stationary Voyage, Anorexia, cutaneous Vision, Yoga, Krishna, Love, Experimentation." Deleuze and Guattari, How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs