BENEDICT ROMAIN

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Ecce Homo

Plaster mould, wood

180 x 200 x 80 cm

A pastiche of the traditional religious scene, 'Ecce Homo' draws on the idea of Pontius Pilate (and soldier) handing over Jesus to the mob and washing his hands of guilt to sum up the contemporary culture of blame and avoidance of responsibility.

This symbol of universal suffering and denial of guilt is shown through a monumental empty mould that presents the inverse of the three figures, leaving the viewer with the void of human presence. The negative space pertains to the compassion fatigue that affects our culture due to the over–exposure of suffering in the media.

The mould as a sculptural object exposes the performative process of body casting; a theatricality reminiscent of tableau vivante.

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