I managed to pick these rosary beads up in Barcelona in a small Catholic religious shop managed buy nuns. I have been trying to make sure the objects I have used in this shrine are from authentic religious places or have been part of some religious ceremony.
The Embers are from a 5.45am mass during Easter from a local church, where members of the church gathering around a fire, singing, saying prayers and lighting candles before entering the church. I collected the charcoal wood once the fire was out to add to the shrine.
I have been collecting various bits over the past months, keeping the project in mind, but not really knowing how it will form. I am pleased to have come up with this format, which means I can bring lots of relics together hoping to portray the each faith we look at. I suppose I have to start somewhere.
Over the past year I have been working closely with a foundation called Outside In Pathways to learning in museums and galleries (see the link to the foundations website.) http://outsideinpathways.org/
As an artist I am also invited to create work in response to working with the group and the project, and take inspiration from the rich environments that the group visit from week to week. The current project is called In Search of Spirituality: Images of compassion, Images of cruelty in religious art. By the end of the project for myself I will aim to have an exhibition from the artwork that evolves from my time working with the group and the foundation and hopefully some form of book or catalogue.
This is my first attempt at blogging, so I will add contents of my research and the making of the work. I have been keeping an open mind about what to create or how to respond, but thankfully it has come in the form of small shrines to represent each faith we will have engaged with, the shrines will be produced in the form of boxes, which are spectacle display units. I have managed to create my first box. I will add the documentation of what I have currently created, and look forward to seeing how the project evolves and how it affects me and my art.
Spike Mclarrity is a live art performance artist. He also paints, photographs, makes installations from a wide diverse range of mediums and materials. Spike has an MA in performance and Visual practices. He travels all over the world performing and makes regular trips to Japan.