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Jesus Spells

Jesus Spells is a site-specific installation of a representation of Jesus in the act of speaking, represented by a plethora of soft sculpture crosses configured into the shape of a speech bubble. The speech bubble acts as a vehicle for language, and the cross as the symbol for language. The cross shape is recognised by those of faith as a symbol of Christianity. To non-believers the symbol of the cross is multifarious, representing a plus sign, the letter ‘t’, and an ampersand, to name a few. The title, ‘Jesus Spells’, is a double entendre, a figure of speech which can be understood in a number of ways. In this instance, the first meaning is straightforward, that Jesus is literally spelling a word or a phrase. The second implication is that Jesus is casting some sort of magical spell or conducting witchcraft. Furthermore, Glossolalia which has no lexis could be represented here by the cross, or alternatively signify some sort of universal vernacular that transcends the written word, which is also the function of art. Jesus Spells is simultaneously theological, mythological, mystical and magical, but just what Jesus spells is for the viewer to decipher.

Jesus Spells
in God Factor
Mosteiro de São Martinho de Tibães, Braga, Portugal
10 November - 22 December 2012
Curator: Inês Valle
Thanks to Creative New Zealand for their generous support

Jesus Spells
in God Factor
Mosteiro de São Martinho de Tibães, Braga, Portugal
10 November - 22 December 2012
Curator: Inês Valle
Thanks to Creative New Zealand for their generous support

Jesus Spells
in God Factor
Mosteiro de São Martinho de Tibães, Braga, Portugal
10 November - 22 December 2012
Curator: Inês Valle
Thanks to Creative New Zealand for their generous support

Jesus Spells
in God Factor
Mosteiro de São Martinho de Tibães, Braga, Portugal
10 November - 22 December 2012
Curator: Inês Valle
Thanks to Creative New Zealand for their generous support

Jesus Spells
in God Factor
Mosteiro de São Martinho de Tibães, Braga, Portugal
10 November - 22 December 2012
Curator: Inês Valle
Thanks to Creative New Zealand for their generous support

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