Dimensions: 60 x 60 x 150 cm
Completion date: November 2012
Technique: styrofoam, led lights.
Holy Aura installation consists of four massive stones carefully placed one upon the other in such a way that it resembles the object of religious worship, or a totem. Stones glow with a warm light which is coming from the inside. It slowly fades in and fades away. Stones produce a sound of quiet and peaceful snoring.
The installation is based on both: the ancient Hindu proverb: “God sleeps in stone, breathes in plants, dreams in animals and awakens in man” and an expression taken from the New Testament, quote of Christ, who predicted the fall of Jerusalem: “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
Within this intersection of meanings enclosed the irreconcilable conflict between Eastern and Western cultural and spiritual traditions. On the West side there is a highly relevant to the present day prophecy of the apocalypse, connected with the typical in Western religious tradition the notion of "God's punishment", the one that has befallen the inhabitants of Jerusalem for the decline of morals and the unjust rule of insignificant men. According to the biblical doctrine the sin is a pain and a punishment in itself and would inevitably lead to the death of man.
However the Hindu philosophy, provides an elegant philosophical system that deals with this issue, claiming that the pain is maya, or illusion, and doesn't exist in the actual reality.
Deliberately orotund installation of stones, standing one on each other and producing shimmering glow and quiet gentle snoring ironically instill the viewer to be afraid of awakening supposably sleeping God, who can suddenly wake up inside the viewer or being full of anger scatter the stones around the exhibition hall.
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