Adam Fearon, ‘Dwell’ (2014)
Installation view of Anton Henning‘s show ‘Anton Henning’ (2007) at SMAK, Ghent.
Thea Djordjadze, ‘She didn’t have friends, children, sex, religion, marriage, success, a salary or fear of death. She worked’ (2012)
Anne Speier, ‘Spice Shrine Giotto Blue’ (2014)
Wood, paint, fabric, spices.
“Inside the Scrovegni Chapel of Padua, there is a fresco by Giotto di Bondione depicting the founder of the church, Enrico Scrovegni, a rich banker, merchant and nobleman.
In the fresco Scrovegni hands over a miniature version of that same chapel to Virgin Mary, hoping that she will forgive his and his families usury misdeeds and hoping they will not send him to purgatory, but take him into heaven. Enrico Scrovegni did not feel ashamed to make his purposes very clear: To get what he wanted he even had his tricky act illustrated on the chapel’s wall.
I have copied some houses in the backgrounds of further frescoes in the chapel as models, but gave them a new function as spice shelves. They do not only contain spices but filling elements of fancy fabrics, meandering and pleated around the spices, embedding them softly into the shell of the shelf, making their patient wait for the moment of employ enjoyable like a long day in bed. “