21st Faith

21stfaith

We are a collaborative research project, investigating and questioning faith as a human feeling. 

This publication presents 32 creative projects created for an exhibition in October 2017 at The Workshop, Lambeth. 

32

Study of my Calathea

and a Talisman, Milagros,

by Tess Rees.

In response to 21st Faith’s themes, I started to look at the process of collecting symbolic

items as sentimental charms collecting items as self affirmation and self affirmation

as an alternative to prescribed religion. Spiritual symbols, charms, milagros daily charms

around the house that form a process of nurturing oneself.

A practice as that looks at what ‘self healing’ is today in conversation with

the pastel-hued social media ‘wellness’ we see constantly and asking how we can provide

alternative visuals for self-healing in the present.

An appearance of instability and constant production within the work

is the ongoing process of a woman’s need to write a narrative of her own.

I have been especially interested in processes of self healing as an alternative

to religion. Especially for young women turned off by the traditional values that religion

expects you to abide by.

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice.

Tess: I use an appearance of instability

and constant production within my work

alludes to the on going process of

a woman’s need to write a narrative of

her own. I take the woman from outside

the manmade conglomeration of symbolic

systems and place her in the forefront.

I create multi dimensional imagery

to interrogate the issues that arise from the

fragmented body and identity of a woman

- A fragmentation that occurs as a result of

the woman often being identified as ‘other’

throughout history. I use this uncomfortable

sense of disjunction to my advantage

to create unnerving and corporeal works.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

I have recently been conducting my

practice as pseudo-scientific enquiry

that looks at what ‘self healing’ is today.

Recently my work has been in conversation

with the pastel-hued social media ‘wellness’

we see constantly and ask how we can

provide alternative visuals and/or items

for self-healing in the present.

Recently, I have been especially interested

in processes of self healing as an alternative

to religion. Especially for young women

turned off by the traditional values

that religion expects you to abide by.

Placed I have exhibited: Central Saint

Martins, The Barbican, Palais de Tokyo,

Earl’s Court Arts Hub, Brainchild Festival.

Tess: tessrees.com, @tess_rees 105