LOSING MY RELIGION
This series aims to personify or embody the devotion that is put to the test on a daily basis when going through extreme experiences that unsettle and challenge our faith.
An important reference for me is the song "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. from 1991, which left a lasting impression on me. The phrase "losing my religion" is an expression from the southern region of the United States that means "losing one's temper or civility" or "feeling frustrated and desperate." Michael Stipe, the lead singer of the band, has explained that the song was about romantic expression and unrequited love. However, the music video is filled with religious imagery. I find this contrast of concepts and images fascinating, and so I have made an effort to represent everyday complexities by establishing analogies with religious iconography.
In this series, salvation appears as an unattainable goal, much like the exhausting eternal love that is not reciprocated or the fervent prayer that goes unheard.
We are but dust and to dust we shall return. We are eternal beings living in bodies of clay.