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spirituality in the public domain exhibition
Spirituality in the Public Domain Exhibition
First shown at Pataka,
Porirua, Feb - Mar, 2005
2007 showings at The Suter gallery,
and Lake Taupo Museum & Art Gallery
Endorsed by Joris de Bres, Human Rights Commision,
as an official project in the NZ Diversity
Additional Information ...
References & visitor
CD of interviews: 'What's Going On'
& 'Spiritual Outlook', National Radio
Newspaper & magazine articles
Active participation by people across a wide
range of ages & abilities
High profile Multi-cultural & Multi-faith
Attracted people who had not previously visited
Community groups requested special bookings
The exhibition consisted of eight large,
core works and a selection of then current works. Six of the
core works centre on world religions and spiritual origins:
Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Indigenous Beliefs, Islam
I took artistic license in interpretation and in using inclusive-language
text in the works so the public could participate.The
works (below), were blessed or approved by religious leaders
of the respective Faiths. The other two core works (next page),
invited public expression of secular spirituality. The aim
of the exhibition was to foster understanding and respect
between people of different beliefs, thereby contributing
to world peace.
The supporting works in the exhibition explored secular spirituality
and values, and some drew upon various faiths and cultural
of these, or works in a similar vein, may be viewed in Paintings.
Prayer Wall -
Judaism - approx. 5.5 meters by 1.8 meters - Polymer and acrylic,
consists of 28 free form canvases mounted together. Accompanying
film footage screened nearby. Five layers of text and scripture
were hidden in the painting. Viewers inserted their written prayers
between the canvases, and touched the painting and several embedded
sacred relics from the Western Wall, Jerusalem. Thankyou to Rabbi
Lipman for his advice and contribution of a key scriptural passage.
Rose Labyrinth - Christianity - 4 x 4 meters. A circular canvas
placed on the floor so as viewers could walk a contemplative pathway,
themed on the Beatitudes. The centre was rubbed with fragrant
oil of rose. My musical composition Voices in the Wind
accompanied this piece. Thank you to Rev. Graeme Ogilvy for blessing
this work at the opening of its first showing. Now in the collection
of the Anglican Church, Plimmerton diocese. More
Ganges Blessing - Hinduism
2.4 x 1.2 meters. Acrylic,
metallic, sacred ashes, sandalwood paste on a freeform canvas
with inserted relics: water from the Ganges sealed in glass
tubing, vibuthhi (sacred ash), sandal paste, ghee and sandalwood
oil in clay pots, coconut fibre, fresh flowers.
Thank you to Brahman Vinod Jofi for his guidance and blessings.
Scrolls - Islam - 1.86 x 2.5 meters - four reversible canvases
grouped together. People inserted written blessings and prayers
into cut 'prayer pockets' on the stitched frames. Thank you to
Mullah Abdul Jabbar for his guidance and blessing of this work,
whihc was donated to the Moslem Centre in Kilbirnie.
Wairua - Indigenous Beliefs - approx. 1.5 x 2 meters. Two
cut canvases placed at right angles on flax matting.
The public wrote heartfelt beliefs on the canvas strips, and wove
them together. Now in the Kenepuru Hospital collection.
Thank you to kuia Tawai Te Rangi (above), for her guidance and
Peace Prayer Wheel -
x 900mm x900mm. Acrylic & metallic on plastic
cylinder mounted on a Lazy Susan
wrote prayers for peace, placed them in the cylinder, then
spun it around.
Sahar's musical composition Peace Prayers, accompanied
The build-up of prayers created coloured layers as the work
toured, with each venue represented in a different colour.
The above photograph was taken when the work was first installed
and no one had yet taken part.