“You are (on) an island”
Originally made in 2011 for the Sacred and Profane art festival on Peaks Island, Maine. Eggert and her collaborator toured the sculpture around the UK on the back of a flatbed truck for two weeks in January 2013. The word ‘on’ blinks rhythmically on and off. For the moment that single word remains unilluminated, a new phrase with a different meaning emerges.
Photo: Mike Fleming
A favourite of mine
Awaiting His Return by William Ladd Taylor
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal" - 2 Corinthians 18
This is something that I really struggle with. I get so caught up in the minor dramas and affairs of this world and it inhibits my ability to see the big picture. I often find it very difficult to want ‘Heaven’ at all. Our whole education system tends to fix our minds on this world, I’m currently here at University so that I can get a good job and be “happy” with the life that I lead while I’m here. I think that there is this longing in most people a want, for something that cannot be had in this world. It seems like there are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you but they never quite keep their promise. The longings arise when we first fall in love, first travel to some foreign country, or start studying a subject that really stimulates our minds. The truth is that these are longings that no marriage, no travel and no learning can really fully satisfy. There is something that we grasp at in that first moment of longing that just seems to fade away in the reality. We might be perfectly content in whatever we are doing, but so often it feels like something has evaded us, the initial rush in the longing fades away. C.S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity lays out three ways that we can go about dealing with this dissatisfaction.
1. The Fool’s Way- This person puts the blame on the things themselves. They go on thinking that if only they tried another partner, or went on a more expensive vacation, then this time they will catch this mysterious something we are all after. They spend their whole lives trotting from woman to woman, continent to continent, from hobby to hobby, always thinking that the latest is ‘the Real Thing’ at last and is always disappointed.
2. The Way of the Disillusioned Sensible Person- This person decides that the whole longing feeling was just a phase, associated with youth. You reach an age where you need to stop chasing the end of the rainbow. This person settles down and learns not to expect too much and represses the part of themselves that yearns for more. This way is much better than the first, and this person is much happier and less of a nuisance to society. They can live quite comfortably and reach a stage of almost numb content.
3. The Christian Way- The Christian says, creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Humans feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so I must take care on the one hand, never to despise or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for something else of which they are only a kind of copy or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of the life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.
This chapter on Hope, just really makes this so poignant. I’m a citizen of Heaven, in this world but not of it. I really need to keep this in mind more often, and not get wrapped up in the niceties of the daily grind or stresses associated with it about to come. Rather I need to do a better job in involving God in every area of my earthly life
Lex Pott - True Colours (2010)
"When an element like copper is found in nature it has a green colour. Iron has an orange/brown colour when being found inside the earth. Oxidized metal surfaces create colours that provide information about a material. The pallete is a reaction with the base material. Therefore the coloured surfaces have an organic growth of colour and not every colour is possible on every surface. Colouring metals requires accurate recipes. This project shows the results of a research on metals and their true colours; a direct relationship between colour, material and information.”