Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Day #24 - Art for Lent: Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne's "Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields" #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
"East Window, Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London" (2008) by Shirazeh Houshiary and Pip Horne | Iran and UK. Glass and stainless steel
Houshiary often draws inspiration from poems on breathing by the Sufi mystic Rumi. 'I set out to capture my breath,' says Houshiary, 'to find the essence of my own existed, tenscending name, nationality, cultures'. In the church, these pneumatic associations take on a new light, evoking the history of the Blitz -- when the original windows were blown out -- and the life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit. Refusing to be still, Houshiary and Horne's glass cross seems to contract and expand. [page 240]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."
East Window photo : David Lyndsey