Reliquaries reflect the idea of the permanent and preserved remains, marrying the idea of the funeral and burial ritual. The heads are swaddled by various darkly tinted materials connected to these rituals.
Wax, mixed media and personal effects
‘Sanctuary’Installation Derelict Mental Hospital, London. Exploring the notion of asylum as a sanctuary, drawing parallels between a sinister religious and psychiatric tradition. The colour is symbolic of many things including religion, water, God, heaven and tranquillisation. Fire represents life force and it’s destructive powers. Specifications 1996 mixed media & sculpted arms 28x8x8cm Installation – ‘Medals’The silver shilling was traditionally given to the press-ganged or the eager volunteer as a token. To me it represents the man, the repetitious stamp of the King, and uniformity of the faded male image reflects the passing of the nameless conscripts. Specifications 1998 Cast Silver Brutality Medals 5 x 8cm Kings Shilling 2.5 x […] ‘The Quiet Room’Installation Derelict Mental Hospital, London. The use of feathers in this work is a metaphor of confinement, a symbol of flight, placed on the floor they become a carpet, once trampled on they become broken and useless. Specifications 1996 mixed media 28x8x8cm Installation ‘Reliquary’The reliquary lost in time. Specifications 1998 Cast silver Head 2 x 1.5 x 1.5cm Handmade box with velvet lining 5 x 3.5 x 3.5 Limited Edition