Kelî I and II
Foam, Plaster, Shellac, Gold Wax on Lime Base
Number of Components
Suitable Locations for the Work
- 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.
In studying ‘The Ceramic Vocabulary of the Old Testament’ by James L. Kelso and W. F. Albright the artist was introduced to the term ‘Kelî’. Kelî is an Old Testament term for a vessel made from ceramic, metal, wood or leather. The contents were often poured from vessel to vessel and could contain balm, frankincense, honey, myrrh, oil, summer fruits, water or wine. These sacred vessels were set aside and treated with reverence which is memorialised in this artwork.