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LoopHole Presents: Chantelle D’Arcy’s Bathtub Madonna
August 6, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - August 30, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
A Bathtub Madonna is an artificial shrine constructed from an upended bathtub, usually framing a Roman Catholic religious figure.
Traditionally, shrines are memorials to the dead, however the shrines created for Bathtub Madonna bring my memories to life and represent externally what is internal. Despair interspersed with fragility – they are a chronicle of my personal truths and explore concepts of love in its various forms, sexuality and death.
My desire is to develop the evocative potential of objects, which reflect feelings of passion, abandonment, sentimentality and decadence.
The stories and memories embodied within these works are a result of fragmented recollections – ranging from childhood experiences on the suburban fringes of the southern hemisphere, to my obsession with the industrial landscapes my father inhabited for many years.
These makeshift shrines of urban detritus are windows into my psyche, conglomerated and then discombobulated to reveal the inner quality of things as I experience them. They are manifestations of my memories, eroded by time.