Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Stephen Moberly - Defining Practices

Self portrait (head removed) (2012) and Relic of middle child’s hand (2011) wire, homemade playdough, wax, marbles, acrylic paint, dead foliage, wood, homemade playdough (flour, wax, water, p.v.a., talk, baby milk), wine gum and staples.

This piece was inspired by St. Theresa’s arm. A 16th century relic which was cut off when her body was exhumed and put on display in a glass case for pilgrims to pay homage to. My interpretation refers to the parent-child relationship and in particular the misguided, overcompensation in face of uncontrollable external influences that can, however well intended, lead to more harm than good.

Self portrait (head removed) and Relic of middle child's hand
Self portrait (head removed) and Relic of middle child's hand

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