Who will provide? and what are the consequences?
This shared exhibition required every artist to make work that responded to a theme centred around ideas of provision and preservation of services, safety, shelter, guidance, based upon the church community’s 1995 Wish List detailing their hopes and desires for the church’s future. This Wish List has 'Feeding the Needy' as its first item under the heading 'Serving the Community'.
As laudable as the desire to serve is, how does it feel to be the recipient of such service? Is food-for-faith a covenant without consequences? How heavily or lightly do those ubiquitous baked beans feel in the stomachs of the 'Needy'? An attempt to visually portray 'food-for-faith' resulted in a can (of baked beans) being recreated in bronze, stone and glass, the materials signifying the relative emotional weight of relying on charity for sustenance.
The casting of the three cans was straight forward. However, casting baked beans in a sauce proved more difficult. No less slippery substitute looked right. I eventually hit upon the idea of freezing the beans without the sauce and hoping the silicone mould set before the beans defrosted. It worked reasonable well.
Beans are the most humble of foods. Accepting charity is the most humbling of events. I knew that placing these small cans on the floor, hidden from obvious view, would be the only way to display them.