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Jesus Spells

Jesus Spells is a site-specific installation. Jesus is depicted 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.

A new take on the handmade. Knitted & Knotted brings together the work of New Zealand contemporary artists, Liyen Chong, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Megan Hansen Knarhoi, Shelley Norton, Ani O'Neill and Erica van Zon, and features traditional handcraft techniques—crochet, weaving, knitting and knotting—in surprising ways.

Jesus Spells
in Knitted & Knotted
The Dowse
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
27 August - 20 November 2011

Jesus Spells
in Knitted & Knotted
The Dowse
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
27 August - 20 November 2011

Jesus Spells
in Knitted & Knotted
The Dowse
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
27 August - 20 November 2011

Jesus Spells
in Knitted & Knotted
The Dowse
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
27 August - 20 November 2011

Jesus Spells
in Knitted & Knotted
The Dowse
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
27 August - 20 November 2011

Jesus Spells
in Knitted & Knotted
The Dowse
45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
27 August - 20 November 2011

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