“I have deconstructed the gesture of the famous Pietà, which depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus, and created tools to reproduce it as a filmed performance. In this way I want to reinvigorate traditional religious art by re-contextualizing its production, conveying the power of religious codes and their interpretation through the language of objects.”
"I would like to be a designer for the Vatican. Thought-provoking objects and installations have the ability to materialise facts to visualise ideas and consequences. I use design as a medium for reflection and mind provocation The products are the material relics of a societal contemplation; the films are narrative sequences related to the objects. My interests overlap with history, popular culture, literature, cinema and the use of new technologies, existing material reforming and crafts, creating new contexts of production."
The work provokes conversation and challenges traditional thought. Through the work the audience is guided into Voirin's own perspective of religion but also aids in the exploration of their own beliefs. Pietà exposes the bones of religious iconography in order to encourage a change of perspective.
Emilie Voirin's website is currently offline, to view her Tumblr please go here: http://emilievoirin.tumblr.com/
'Pieta' will be exhibited at St. Peter and St. Paul's, High Street, Burg le Marsh, PE24 5JL.
Dates: Saturday 23rd May 10.00 - 19.00
Sunday 24th May 11.00 - 19.00
Monday 25th May 11.00 - 19.00