Remains to be Seen

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Artist Vida Sobottka explores the idea of reliquaries in this exhibition. Traditionally about holy nuance and the use of relics in devotional practice, sainted body parts, objects and possessions were elevated beyond the mundane through the ornate containers created by the finest craftsmen of the age. These precious, lavishly decorated containers had a spiritual and symbolic value that legitimised and sanctified their contents to inspire personal and communal devotion.

Remains to be Seen will take the viewer on a pilgrimage, upending the traditional reliquaries and emptying them of the relics of the past, shifting the concept of holiness and projecting it back onto ourselves, our psychologies and the world we live in and are under threat of losing or have lost.

Referencing the historical Reliquaries, glass domes, dioramas, and cabinets of curiosity, a collection of contained, ceramic objects and scenes will be created for display. The everyday and ordinary is to be rarefied and venerated, the order of things as we know them suspended under glass and beautifully strange. Preciousness and fragility is exposed proclaiming the sacred and raising questions of the future for the familiar, remains to be seen.


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