John B. Mors

"Romanesque, Internal."

"Romanesque, Internal."
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 the form.
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 withheld.

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