Touching the Divine

Touching the Divine - Ali Grant Sculpture Gloucestershire

In this work for the Michaelhouse Centre the objects themselves, placed in a church, tell a well-known story. The deeper narrative of the piece will emerge through its physical language and the use and manipulation of materials. The making has always been an important component in my work co-existing with the image. Still Life is not a shock it is a recognizable and accepted genre so the artist is free to let the formal qualities of sculpture take precedence: material, colour and composition.

The story of the Last Supper is told in the reredos. I want to extract the objects, the bread, plate, cup and cloth, and place them in isolation in front of the altar. The absence of human forms here will heighten the Divine presence. When someone dies the things they had contact with make them seem more present than ever before.

Removing the human figures also enhances the stillness. The drama is reduced, we no longer ask: “Who’s done it? Which one is Judas?” The work will be quiet and contemplative and should give pause for thought. The cup will be full, the bread not yet broken. These same objects could be at the heart of the next supper, at Emmaus, the proof of the Resurrection? I want to find a distillation of the narrative that leads to an invisible omnipresence.

Touching the Divine - Ali Grant Sculpture Gloucestershire