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Héreś I, II and III

Kathryn Hanna

Héreś I, II and III

Kathryn Hanna





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 20
Length: 40
Depth: 30


Plaster, Shellac, Silver Wax on Lime Base

Current Location


Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • On a plinth
  • In a case

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Created for 'Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities' solo show exhibition at the MacLaurin Art Gallery, Ayr, 30th July - 16th October 2022. This exhibition explored religious consciousness, what it means to be ‘sacred’ and how the word ‘religion’ can be misinterpreted. Inspired by the writings of archeologist André Parrot, scholars Carlin A Barton and Daniel Boyarin.

Thematic/contextual information

This artwork was inspired by a quote from Tertullian, 155 AD (an author often called the ‘Founder of Western Theology’ ‘What if you come to feel that what we call a loss is a gain?’ And in reading ‘The Ceramic Vocabulary of the Old Testament’ by James L. Kelso and W. F. Albright, the artist discovered the term ‘Héreś’ referring to pottery which has been broken. In this piece vessels have been broken and sliced in a deliberate way, carving new silhouettes and creating consideration of new uses.

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