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...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

‘ You Weren't to Know... But Where Are You Now’ by Elizabeth Loren

Throughout her practice Loren is concerned with the manipulation and transformation of the
human figure, utilizing the body to communicate moments of physical and mental pain that are
often associated with love. Her work often bares self-referential elements,  Loren says ‘…this is
because, for me,  I find I have to relate to an emotion otherwise the work becomes soulless’.

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young
child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened
their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh." (Matthew 2:11)

The work "You Weren't to Know... But Where Are You Now"
incorporates Loren's figurative approach through cupped hands. This is a
rare occurrence in her work however hands are important in  the act of giving and are
a more social gesture of love. The three gifts held individually inside each pair of hands
have a spiritual meaning : gold as a symbol of kingship on Earth, frankincense - an
incense, as a symbol of deity and myrrh - an embalming oil, as a symbol of death. 

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