Baptism by Fire: An Allegory of Transformation

Bethany Grenier's avatar Bethany Grenier

Baptism by Fire: An Allegory of Transformation celebrates the broad spectrum of emotions humans experience through the use of archetypal, religious and cultural symbols. Papier mâché sacred hearts and painted Calaveras (skulls) are used to evoke an emotional response. The juxtaposition of the iconic symbols of life, death, and ancestor honoring in this piece explores both the religious and secular implications of the term Baptism by Fire, and tells a story of transformation. The life experiences that truly transform us are often born of struggle and hardship, yet we often seek to forget the very experiences that deepen our understanding and appreciation of life. The height of our joy is equaled only by the depth of our sorrow. In honoring the "negative" we appreciate the positive more fully. Sculptural elements are staged on graduated pedestals of salvage and reclaimed barn wood beams. Additional hearts are suspended above the table, allowing the hearts to visually interact.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: one 8' table with 360 degree viewing ability and the air space above.
  • Medium: papier mâché, gypsum, alabastrite, wood, metal
  • Width: 12 ft.
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: Air sapce above the table is required