In “Sacred Blue," an instructor led performance and installation, student participants are challenged to function both as individuals and as parts within a collective. In the initial stages of the installation process, collaborators designate sacred status to ordinary objects existing within their everyday lives. Through the act of mold making, each of the 14 collaborators creates multiple casts of their object of attachment, whether it be a cigarette carton or Q-tip dispenser. The resulting sculptures are painted various shades of blue and arranged like totems within a large installation that represents the group as a whole. The original objects are displayed in an adjacent room within shrines created by each participant that illustrate the mundane concerns of the individual: the profane. Stemming from sociologist Emile Durkheim’s theories on the sacred and profane, “Sacred Blue” illustrates that while no object is inherently sacred, by setting apart certain objects and values as sacred we aim to unite as a society.
Photographed by Andrew Cain
October 23, 2014