This project was a gateway for personal reflection and meditation, as I sought to explore the truths I live by.
I took as inspiration the Japanese shrines that are known as they are portals for worship Deities through sacred objects.
Cultura (Culture), Amore (Love) and Dolore (Pain) are the "Gods" being paid homage too in this project.
Each of these "Gods" have been made a shrine, as well as their own enshrined sacred sculptural objects.
The aim of this work is to highlight how these three elements, Culture, Love & Pain, are not mutually exclusive. It aims to represent how the combination these three elements brings balance and stability to the essence of life and the act of living.
The sculptural piece made to represent this shrine was that of a pulsating force with a looping material movement, as a means of mimicking the motion of a beating heart.
I named this sculptural piece “Vitalitá”, Latin for “vitality”, as a means of visually representing how I see culture as the most essential and intimate part of me.
The architectural elements of this shrine also have their own meaning.
The roof of the Shrine is made up of four interconnected arches, as a mean of not only representing how culture embraces the daily life of every human in its own unique way. The movement of the arches is also representative of how culture and the view of culture differs per individual.
THE BALANCE - An ode to Amore & Dolore
One of the sculptural pieces found in the Dolore (Yin) Shrine is named “Oboedire”, Latin for obedience.
This sculpture wishes to address how every individual is, at some point of their life's’, a mere subject to the wishes, wants and desires of others.
The other sculptural piece found in the Dolore (Yin) Shrine is named “Lucuts”, grief when translated from Latin, makes reference to the feeling of pain, affliction as well as the emotional weight one carries when one losses a beloved.
The sculptures' shape was inspired from the movements found in half the top part of a commonly illustrated heart. Its spiky dysmorphic shape is meant to illustrate the pain that scars and pierces ones heart after the lost of a beloved.
The centre piece in the Amore (Yang) shrine is that of a series of abstract hulled faces encircling one another. The piece aims to highlight the multiple faces one wore and wears at specific moments and or periods of ones life.
This sculpture attempts to visually demonstrate a symbiotic tree that illustrates the emotional growth of an individual throughout their lifetime. The sculpture subtly implies an upward growth pattern, which aims to reiterate the continuous growth of ones’ emotional intelligence.