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Theology of Mortality

Artwork date(s): 2016

Jan Coetzee


Medium: Found and manipulated crucifix with antique printer`s engraving, on antique book, on teak board, in acrylic
Measurements: 270 x 340 x 440 (case)
Edition: Unique

Category: South African Artists Book
Type: Found book and sculpture in vitrine
Sub-type: Artist and multiple producers
Theme(s): Book sculpture as sociological investigation

Place publication: Bloemfontein
Publisher: The artist

Reference note

A sociologist by profession, specialising in narrative studies, I am intrigued by documents of life. I revel in having books and artworks around me: both contain texts, inviting us to decipher meaning. The work embodies and invites a hermeneutic process of unwrapping the meanings of ancient texts. All major religions premise themselves on translating some or other original revelation into an explanation of the here and now, an understanding of the past, and hope for the unknown. The work depicts the discourse and mystery in the construction and deconstruction of text and image.

Crucifix found in Jewish quarter in Kracow, Poland, stripped of paint and limbs. Book: Laymann, Paulo (1745). Theologiae Moralis. Venetiis: Apud Andream Poleti. Antique engraved printer`s block



Exhibition notesExhibited at: Booknesses: Contemporary South African Artist's Books. FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg. Curated by David Paton and Eugene Hon. 24 March - 5 May 2017.

Ref: DP17/31









Total images: 3


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