RELICS: THE ROSARY

 

RELICS: NICENE CREED

 

RELICS: THE LORD'S PRAYER

 

RELICS: HAIL MARY

 
 

Relics

2016, text drawing, archival ink on Fabriano paper, 30x30cm. 

I make artworks to explore ideas spanning the infinite and the infinitesimal, the universe and our place in it. My handwritten text drawings engage with thoughts relating to prayer, devotional acts, indoctrination, obsession, longing and awe.

Relics is a series of text drawings that recall the Catholic religion of my upbringing, contemplating the human need for such belief systems to reconcile the finite nature of life and our place in the universe.

In a durational act, I repetitively scribed a selection of Catholic prayers, writing them out by hand in layers until they could no longer be read. As the work progressed, the act became increasingly challenging, culminating with the final drawing – The Rosary. As a decided antitheist, this was an often trying undertaking, involving reading and writing the prayers and mysteries in their entireties. However, I felt an ironic commitment to the potential of the finished artworks, believing in their capacity to converse and transcend.

What is left of this process is a dark wash of ink, a nonsensical text, palimpsests that take on abstracted miniature forms of the night sky: a relic.