Commissioned for the 2015 Stations of the Cross exhibition at Wesley Church, Perth. Exhibition curated by Catherine Czerw
Artist: AMANDA MARSH
Media: insect screen, nylon, digital projection
A work difficult to make and potentially difficult to watch. It is simple in its construction but a work I am very proud of.
I am attempting to force the viewer to switch roles from witness to active participant. Are you the bystander who watches a victim suffer? Are you capable of stepping in and easing another’s suffering, even at your own risk? Do you recognise yourself in the suffering?
The veil here obscures ‘truth’. It forces us to interpret and piece together a fragmented moment and make a judgment. It is a cascade of delicate ‘ash flakes’. It is a faulty insect screen, failing to protect us.
“Frickin amazing. Very confronting.”
“Thankyou for this moving and challenging work. The face of suffering in all its universality – outward, inward, ageless, placeless.”
“It was beautiful. I had tears by the end. I loved the music too. It was perfect.”
©Copyright Amanda Marsh 2015. All rights reserved.
Accompanying music: Elisa Luu "Slow Base Flute"
Hidden Shoal Publishing, Shahba Press, Al Jazeera, Nunzio Raso, Kingsley Foreman and the Cosgriff family.