Posts Tagged Religion
‘Two Russian museum curators have been fined for showing a painting of Jesus Christ with Mickey Mouse’s head. Critics said the case harked back to Soviet censorship and underlined the Russian Orthodox Church’s growing power’ – The Telegraph
This news made me feel so appreciative to live in a democratic society that values free speech and allows my art to express any ideas I’ve had so far, be they offensive or shocking or inane or stupid. But after pondering further it soon made me sad. It is so much harder for artists like myself to push boundaries and shock the world when we aren’t blessed with governments more heavily influenced by extreme factions of religion or politics. I decided to test how far I could take things in our depressingly permissive society. It was going to require some pretty shocking and offensive attacks of icons and ideals we have always held dear.
Here I have chosen to sculpt imagery of one of the most revered and worshipped historical figures in our society. The piece is called ‘Madonna and child’ and as you can see it is Madonna (or Madge as she may now still be calling herself) with one of her recently, controversially adopted children.
So far no boundary smashing, though I can feel you’re nervous. And wait, look closer and you see that, just like those Russian artists did with Jesus and Mickey, I have depicted her quite differently to the usual way we know and love… I have actually used absolutely no photo touch up, flattering lighting or make up whatsoever! Also she is in baggy clothing and isn’t even doing pilates in this picture!
Continuing with the theme of religious censorship, I have depicted Madonna about to go on stage and perform her famous and controversial song ‘Like a Prayer’ and these three men are wisely begging with her, saying, ‘please, please, Madonna, please stop wearing leotards on stage’. Madonna is about to ignore them and strip down to her leotard because she is also an artist who likes to shock our senses (and stomachs if we’ve just eaten), just like me and the Russians.
British schools have been accused of failing to educate children in Christianity while paying special attention to children of other faiths. The inspectorate Ofsted says there has been a sharp decline in the quality of religious teaching over the past three years. – from The Times
I wanted to help schools teach more religion in general and so I made this Art Trap for any school that wishes to use it. The church represents churches which represent religion. Its bright colours attract children, just like the conversely black and white teachings of religion attract their young minds.
When the child steps within the cut out area, the red church snaps down, trapping the child underneath. They remain there until they are about 15 and better able to form their own opinions and beliefs and also have the upper body strength to lift the heavy fibreglass off them.