Absolution

Stephanie Cunningham's avatar Stephanie Cunningham

This is a wall-mounted, interactive work that engages the audience. Viewers are invited to submit a confession or offering at "altars" that reference classic sins and virtues etched on half empty / half full glasses. Confessions are written in black ink on black paper to encourage participation. The viewer is asked to reflect on the binary relationships imposed by the ultimate one: life and death. Absolution muses on duality in multiple forms including life and death, virtue and sin, confession and absolution, half empty and half full. This work was inspired by a visit to a prayer wall outside the House of Mary in Ephesus, Turkey, the work of Joseph Campbell, and a passage in Milan Kundera's novel "The Joke" in which a communist official describes the development of secular rituals in place of religious ones to placate the human need to mark the passage of life's events.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3.5 inches
  • Medium: Sandblasted Glass, Steel Bases, Paper, Electric candles
  • Width: 63 inches
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 21.75 inches