Julian Stair - REPOSE
Exhibition: Thursday, 21st March to Sunday, 21st April
Drop-in and Draw : Tuesday, 9th April - 6.30pm to 9.30pm - with Gianni Notarianni O.S.A.
On Ash Wednesday, at the beginning of Lent, Catholics are reminded of their mortality when a cross is drawn on their foreheads with ash, accompanied by the words: “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” This powerful ritual indicates that we are not immortal; we are not superhuman; we are not God. The message, seemingly negative, is ultimately liberating. We do not have to rely on our own resources and our own strength; there is something - or rather someone - who allows us to transcend the limitations and sufferings of this world and, even now, begin to wake up in another.
During the season of Lent, we are proud to exhibit one of Julian Stair’s clay sculptures, taken from his series of monumental sarcophagi, ‘Quietus’. Julian’s piece, made in a brick factory due to its industrial proportions, helps us reflect on these connections between life and death. It recalls in stark terms Genesis 2, 7: “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The title, Repose, draws attention to its connection with the altar. The altar of repose is an altar where the Communion hosts consecrated on Maundy Thursday during the Mass of the Lord's Supper are placed, or "reserved" for use on the following day, Good Friday. It has a relation to Jesus’s Passion and ultimate death and resurrection. Here, repose - sleep, rest - is followed by rising again.
The exhibition is organised by Austin Forum - the Order of St Augustine’s hub for spirituality and culture - and is part of its Art series.
Curated by Fr Gianni Notarianni O.S.A. (Parish Priest of St Augustine’s Church, Director of Austin Forum) & Marie Marin la Meslee
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