His Burning Desire
I consider this piece to be the sum of a number of subtle and some more forward gestures that reflect and question how social structures of power and order, such as organized religions like Christianity, dominate and quite literally sculpt the body. Guilt and shame are harnessed as tools against the body and are used to control and define expressions of sexuality and masculinity. Sexuality becomes an act, just as much as a religious ritual, rather than being a mode of being. The gendered-body is nothing but a social construct.
Here I decide to blur the line between the right and the wrong, between bad and good and ultimately the binary. Jesus' blessing hand here is more reminiscent of a hand ready for foreplay. The pulpit, an ancient symbol of truth, rectitude and leadership, may hold more “dirty” secrets then one thinks. The kneeling body, a position of worship and communion with God suddenly “sees” itself as nothing but an object of domination – the knees break under the pressure of submission. The pew is no longer a place to kneel, as wax penis candles burn bright on marble. The erect penis, a symbol of ultimate manhood, burns and melts under its own flame, into a more ambiguous form. Desire and devotion are one in the same. And maybe guilt and shame have constructed the body into what it isn’t and what it is.
marble, wax, stained wood, dirt, plaster, mirror, acrylic, dirt, palo santo and other misc. objects