Cindy Jackson's Stalled Rapture

September 8, 2014 4:15 PM

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Cindy Jackson's Stalled Rapture

In this world everything is assigned meaning -- natural phenomena, choreographed ablutions, invented signifiers, obscure scripture, works of art. Our hyperbolic media-driven meta-condition of superficiality, simultaneity and speed has diluted the magic of even once-potent words, symbols, and rituals. This is a condition sculptor Cindy Jackson aims to counter with (Not Quite) Salvation, an ambitious collection of two interrelated large-scale sculptural installations -- an interpretation of the Seven Deadly Sins, and a multifaceted "church service" which includes a gauntlet of towering figures in prayer, a pair of hanging figures, and a dramatic altar-style denouement. By turns deftly framing the problem through satire and alleviating the pressure through humor and craftsmanship, Jackson's work speaks to our yearning for salvation partly through irony and partly through love.

A parade of heads on spikes depict the "Seven Deadly Sins" as interpreted by Jackson's view of what the problem is. Though all based on the same original head/bust form to signify the ubiquity of these flaws, Lust's tongue, Envy's bulging eyes, Wrath's clenched teeth and vein, Covetousness's fashion...

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