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To What End

Shane Nearman's avatar Shane Nearman

“To What End” is a two-piece artwork concept of discovery to engage the soul, and invites the viewer to move into a space of contemplative and transcendent experience - to see the invisible. Juxtaposition of symbolic icons create an interactive visual translation between death and life. The skull, a universal symbol of death, is a reflection on mortality - a memento mori. The reclaimed gothic church wood panel, and blood-red stained glass, reference the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Peering through the red stained glass at the skull allows the discovery of Mary Magdalene, who symbolizes the human condition, sin, repentance and life. Experiencing my artwork is an allegory of the spiritual journey from death to life.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas, acrylic on plexiglass, stained glass, wood, steel
  • Width: 128cm
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 170cm