Seven Deadly Sins: Love gone wrong

I am not religious so I don’t want to go into details about the seven deadly sins but I’m mentioning them because they are the subject of artist Barnaby Barford‘s new series of work.  The seven sins are Pride, Sloth, Gluttony, Wrath, Lust, Envy and Avarice, which Barford interprets as simply “love gone wrong”.

Barnaby Barford

He explains it further, “We are all hard-wired to desire power, love, possessions. That’s probably the way all humans have been like,” he says. “It’s not fundamentally bad to desire things but what interests me is the way these ‘sins’ can motivate people. How does the idea of ‘sin’ affect people these days when we live in a largely secular society? What are the consequences?”

Barnaby Barford

The reason is seven mirrors, each representing one of the seven sin.  The mirrors feature an arrangement of clusters of filigree flowers and foliage.  However, a close look shows that the hand-made ceramic flowers and leaves carry images which represent Barford’s interpretation of the seven sins.  Barford also decided that viewers of his work should find themselves not just reflecting on the ideas he has presented to them but also, literally, reflected within the mirror.  “You see the piece and you see yourself within it,” he says.  The mirrors are human in scale and reflect the viewer in full length.

The desire for money is plainly seen in below detail of Avarice which features florets of various currencies.  “The obsession for wealth can be seen both reflexively and reflectively, demonstrating desire and seeing the truth,” explained Barford.

Barnaby Barford

Barford’s take on Gluttony is quite witty.  The flower petals as shown in below detail feature fragments of takeaway food menus and fast food advertisements.

Barnaby Barford

Needless to say, Lust carries the most straightforward interpretation.  The flowers bear images of a porn star’s face in varying states of ecstasy.

Barnaby Barford

Barford graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002 and has been showing mainly ceramic sculptures in much smaller scale.  He has had several solo exhibitions in the UK and his works are part of both private and public collections.  Catch the exhibition at David Gill Galleries, 2-4 King Street
,  London
, SW1Y 6QP
, before it ends on 12 April 2013.

x Sybil

(Images from Barnaby Barford)

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