The Holy Aura
Media: Styrofoam, led lights, audio speakers.
Initially created in 2014, followed by recreation in 2015.
Dimensions: 60x60x150 cm
The 'Holy Aura' installation consists of four massive stones placed one upon the other in order to provoke the resemblance of an object of religious worship, or a totem. The stones glow with a warm light which comes from within, glowing, slowly fading in and out. Along with their glow, they produce a quiet snoring sound. The artwork is based on two religious proverbs, The first is the ancient Hindu proverb: “God sleeps in stone, breathes in plants, dreams in animals and awakens in man” and the second is an expression taken from the New Testament, a quote from Christ, who predicted the fall of Jerusalem: “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” Within this intersection of teachings is encapsulated the irreconcilable conflict between eastern and western cultural and spiritual traditions.
On the Western side there persists a highly relevant and current prophecy of the apocalypse, connected with the recurrent fear in Western religious tradition of «God’s punishment», which has befallen the inhabitants of Jerusalem due to their decline of morals and the unjust rule of insignificant men. According to the biblical doctrine, the sin is itself pain and therefore punishment enough and would inevitably lead to the death of man. However the Hindu philosophy, provides an elegant philosophical system that dispels this issue, claiming that the pain is ‘maya’, or illusion, and doesn’t exist in actual reality. The deliberately orotund installation ironically instils the viewer with fear in awakening the supposedly sleeping God, who can suddenly appear inside the viewer or become enraged and scatter the stones around the exhibition hall.