Steel. 1998. 54" x 40" x 27".
The sculpture is based on the Romanesque churches of Santa Prassede
and San Clemente in Rome.
All Romanesque churches possess a relic, and Santa Prassede possesses
the flagellation column of Christ.
San Clemente is a church built on top of a church, which was in
turn, built over a Roman structure containing a Mithraic altar.
San Clemente therefore demonstrates the interfaith continuity
of religious sites.
The sculpture is derived in my interest in positive / negative
images, and in levels of knowledge.
The sculpture addresses positive and negative form, showing both
the outside ( positive ) and the inside ( negative ) form of the
church. Whereas, at any time, we can only perceive the internal
space or external skeleton, both are always present, interior
and exterior being inseparably linked, one dictating the other.
Consequently, the concept of levels of knowledge is also addressed.
Although, the internal and external forms are related, it is only
by a careful study of both, that one can gain a full appreciation
of the binding. However, a greater level of knowledge is required
to understand the true spiritual and historical significance of
However, as always, it is only the maker of the object ( the church
or the sculpture ) who really knows the truth or otherwise of
the piece. For it is they who know what is revealed and what is