Saturday, January 3, 2015

Benitha Perciay's Jesus Christ sculpture without arms inspires dialogue

INDIA TODAY
Benitha Perciyal's "The Fires of Faith" at Pepper House
INDIA---Chennai-based Benitha Perciay's installations on Jesus Christ at the Pepper House, one of the venues of the ongoing art extravaganza Kochi Muziris Biennale, is getting encouraging response from visitors. A little over a fortnight ago, an incensed visitor to the sea-facing heritage complex accosted Benitha about her portrayal of Christ without arms. That triggered "one of the best conversations I have ever had about art", she recalls the episode which happened by her installation titled 'The Fires of Faith'. "Here the vacuum shows the pain of absence," said the Christian artist, who does not use imagery from other religions because "I do not know much about them". [link]

She had earlier made a pieta with Jesus not present in Mary's cuddling arms.