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. 

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice

Henry: With scientific & technological

advancements leading the way in

which people perceive reality, patterns,

coincidences & chance occurrences

surfaced as key concepts in my work.

A common element that runs throughout

my is that of the mathematical Phi, the

source ratio which was defined in the

3rd Century BC by Euclid in Elements,

otherwise known as the “Golden Ratio”. Phi,

along with Pi, the circular constant, appears

as repeated fundamental patterns in the

universe.

A further focus is on the allegory

of light. The work examines the way light

refracts through glass, to create a realistic

grounding of an abstract image. The form

of the window & its relation to stained glass

is a reference to the “Divine Light” which

passes through windows at places of

worship. The work is a comment on the

powerful way in which elements can be

ideologically transformed.

Finally, a reference is made to the

image-laden culture which drives our

everyday world, from pixels on a screen

to the ubiquitous use of imagery in

advertisement to selfies & the way in

which these images are organised in our

world, either physically or digitally, often

forming a grid, or pattern, within which

windows to other worlds & perspectives

can be seen. The explosion in imagery as

a result of digital media has transformed

the manner in which humanity as a species

operates; an examination & criticism is

made through the use of blurred & opaque

window panes, as well as their lack of a light

source. Ironically, they are windows through

which no physical light enters, but instead

dependent on external light sources.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

I was drawn to 21st Faith as it explored a

theme that is fundamental to my practice.

The idea of incorporating a religious

aspect to artwork was something that has

dominated art history, with religion being

central to daily life prior to the 21st century.

As theories such as the big bang came

to be accepted, many religious explanations

to our existence have became somewhat

discredited.

The fundamental question of all

discourse is “why”. While scientific

advancement and new theories have always

been able to serve as an expansion on what

we know, and also to allow humanity to

experience and understand things that exist

on ever smaller, and ever larger levels, the

question of why these things are the way

they are have never been fully addressed.

In Parallel, art has become ever more

simplified, made on an ever larger scale,

with minimalism and conceptualism

the prevailing, dominant forces in art

theory. Yet “why” has not been explored

in great detail, possibly as it is difficult to

do so, both in philosophical and scientific

discourse, as well as in art.

To answer a question as fundamental

and basic as a “why”, which serves to

question all things, including itself, an

omniscient question, a similar basic,

fundamental, answer would simply be

“everything”. The meaning of this answer

is that the importance, perspective and

positional qualities of all things hold

equivalent significance, whether it be

chewing gum stuck to the floor, or

the Queen’s diamond tiara, both are made

of simple matter, and both are equally

conversable into a sum of energy. Both are

equal, and different. It is humanity that has

placed one above the other.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

Religious perspectives and ideologies will

filter into scientific discourse over time.

Philosophic enquiries and the exploration

of the human mind cannot be accomplished

entirely through purely scientific means.

A cross-fusion of different aspects

of all faiths should be something to be

expected and encouraged. There will be a

reexamination and redefinition of the word

“god” into a meaning less akin to a higher

power to which we are helpless but rather

as a word which encourages acceptance

and non discrimination of all things.

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