ADVENTurous is an open submission exhibition exploring the christmas narrative, which we're staging in 3 UK venues during advent this year : at Engedi in Colwyn Bay, Leftbank in Leeds and the Union Chapel in Islington, London.

The work exhibited at Union Chapel will also be part of the one-day ‘ADVENTurous' conference, hosted by Greenbelt Festival and partners.

On this blog we'll be posting regular updates about how plans for the Leftbank Leeds show are progressing, with information about the contributing artists, and possibly some previews of the work being created for the exhibition...

Friday, December 14, 2012

'Why Me?' by Jay Gadhia

 My influences are Indian heritage, ritual, cultural traditions and the 'Journey'.
Art, for me, is not  something to be searched for, rather something that can be found on one's
own doorstep. My work has spiritual rather than religious influence and recent themes include 
the fallen angel, shame and our journey to absolution.  

I am deeply process led in terms of my installation work and have made almost a meditation 
from repetition and exploring human emotion. 

We take for granted how Mary undertook the great responsibility of carrying Jesus into the
world. I wanted to explore not just this immense task, but how it must felt having to explain
this to all around her and what an impact it could have had. 

Would she be hated? Would she not be believed? Would she been seen as an adulterous and
treacherous liar trying to lump another man’s child onto an innocent Joseph?
In this piece I am attempting to bridge the gap between the biblical time and the modern day,
and a representation of prayer. 

Mixed media

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