Cleansed by | Lehman Pekkola
How have you been cleansed? How have you been physically cleansed? What do you do, where do you go to feel weightless? What is your relationship with water? Four questions. Four questions I have asked myself again and again to the point where I can’t hold them in any more. Four questions I started asking individuals from various walks of life. Four questions that cascaded into interviews with people I know but don’t fully ‘know’, in fact becoming a cleansing experience in and of itself.
Cleansed by is a thesis featuring work in print, photo, and piano that explores the relationship between self, the divine, and one’s definition of being cleansed. This project was created out of the necessity to dive deeper into what it means when we experience a "cleansing" and the different interpretations (literal, spiritual, metaphorical) we associate with that experience.
Volume One marks the end of my undergraduate studies at George Fox University, with the majority of interviewees being students and recent graduates. This exhibition was presented 17 April 2017.
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