The Sacred and the Profane

The depiction of sexual union is always titillating, to some extent, regardless of how analytical or clinical the representation. On a personal level, semantics is largely set aside and the issues of perception and acceptance take precedent. With the changing of sexual and cultural mores, it becomes a matter of degree as to what is considered socially acceptable or within one’s comfort level. At what point, and under what circumstances, does the depiction of intimacy cross the threshold from being sacred or instructional to pornographic? What might be considered perfectly acceptable in one instance, may be taboo in another. And this differentiation applies not only on a global or cultural basis, but on a personal level as well. How one views the issue of sexuality and intimacy depends largely upon one’s cultural and societal conditioning, as well as spiritual and religious convictions.

In a world of rapidly shifting paradigms, sex is used both covertly and overtly as psychological triggers to sell everything from new cars to political candidates. From the traditional media to the internet, the average person is subjected daily to a continual barrage of imagery and messages which test the limit of their sensibilities. The works in this show are meant to address the issues of personal, historical and collective memory, form versus function, and the differing ways sex is perceived by men and women. The works are a visual manifestation of the sacred and the profane; where what was once a sacred text meant for the attainment of a higher sense of spirituality through sexual union, becomes a back drop for today’s voracious appetites.

Kevin T. Kelly
16 August 2007