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. 

10

U reckon the devil

is vegan?,

by William Green.

In my opinion, one of the fundamentals of art is for people to decipher their own meaning

from works before (if ever) exposed to that of the original artist. With a specialty such

as art that has such an undefined purpose, it is important for other people to take what

they can from it, before they are told what to make of it. With this in mind my personal

explanation of my work will ruin any form of intelligent pre conception that may

have projected onto it. If I could, I’d give 0 insight regarding my piece.

The work is derived simply from wordplay. I have taken the modern meat substitute,

‘Seitan’, and formed a brash satanic symbol from it. That’s all the viewer is truly getting;

a gimmick.

Seitan, originally developed by the Japanese, later adopted by America, has recently

become popular within the vegan community. It is a form of gluten that can be yielded

by sifting dough through water over an elongated period of time to eventually resemble

the texture of meat. It is then seasoned and decorated as if it were anything from fried

chicken to sausages.

I don’t come from an artistic background as such, and have never had the opportunity

to explore a purely conceptual idea without it having a direct function, as is with art.

This being my first on a public scale, I decided to poke fun at the idea, by creating

a piece of work that involves obvious symbolic and aesthetic triggers, however with

little relationship between these materials, other than their practical uses. Any derived

outside meaning of the piece is flattering. Although it is humorous to think of people

pondering over something with so many elusive clues as to what it may represent, when

the artists definition is close to meaningless. Maybe this makes me shallow. I don’t think

I should be an artist.

21st Faith: Tell us about you and your

practice

William: I am a fashion designer and recent

Menswear graduate from Central Saint

Martins. My usual practice however, hasn’t

at all informed my approach to the 21st faith

project.

What drew you to take part in 21st Faith?

How is faith important to you and your

practice?

Faith isn’t a topic I often consciously touch

on in design, although historically it is

an integral influence to many artists

so I believe it indirectly plays a role

in certain contemporary art. It also is

interesting to consider the decline of

traditional faith in western society replaced

with and new self determined idea of ‘faith’

driven by consumer culture and icons.

What role do you think faith will play in

the 21st century?

It depends what is defined by faith.

In the most traditional sense of faith,

the most prominently publicized

and controversial ‘role’ is its association with

terror. And it’s these negative connotations

that will decrease its popularity and

scapegoat such a once imperative belief

system and its followers.

William: williamfrancisgreen.tumblr.com, @wwffgggg 57