Entombment, Caravaggio, 1602
I am now working on a piece of work where I discuss the social change from religion to consumerism. I am using the compositional elements of Caravaggio's Entombment, 1602 with the narrative of a real life story of a homeless woman who died in a McDonald's restaurant and is left for 24 hours before someone realises. Read more here.
Ronald McDonald Crucifix, 2015
Work so far for The Church of Ronald McDonald. I have adopted a technique of adding thin layers of paint and then wiping away with turps.
‘I chose this because I wanted to capture my father in an intimate, personal and even vulnerable way. During one’s life, bed is the backdrop to our dreams, feelings and important experiences such as birth, illness and death.’
This was one of my favorite paintings from the BP Portrait award in London. I am really interested in the connection and complete faith (for want of a better word) that people have in religion. When nothing else is left, there is always religion. Religion is the purpose, religion is death, religion is what people cling onto. It is a very human desire to want to understand the purpose of life and death.
Padre, Maria Carbonell, 2014
'Rucquoi's photographic portraits address the varied experiences of womanhood, exploring key rites of passage - coming of age, pregnancy and motherhood, by looking at the dichotomies inherent in these changes. She examines historical gender roles, playfully mocking antiquated or misogynistic views, whilst simultaneously observing stereotypes and dismantling them with caustic wit.' - ionerucquoi.com
Last year I looked at Rucquoi's work a lot and made my own response to it. I focused on themes of religion,virginity and purity; with snails referencing the purity of the virgin birth of Christ (people didn't understand how snails could reproduce through their thick shells). Her work is relevant in my work today as it plays with the idolisation of people and things that aren't considered to be holy in the traditional sense.
The Virgin Birth, 2015