Cassia Bundock Art
‘Mythical Speech’ installation view - fa.mi.li.a group exhibition shown at Be Brave Art Space - Avalon - NSW
The installation ‘Mythical Speech” explores forms of communication between the physical and the spiritual realms.
I borrowed the term Mythical Speech from the French philosopher and theorist Roland Barthes who stated ‘myth is a system of communication or a message or a mode of signification’.
The inspiration behind these work comes from being raised in a catholic/spiritist family, as child I was always at the church - a catholic baroque church with its inside walls and ceilings covered in apocalyptic frescos, each room filled with life-size statues of saints and the music from the church’s organ and bells.
The ‘Mythical Speech’ pieces were made with the appropriation of Ex-Votos (wood sculptures of body parts) I collected from Brazil’s major pilgrimage cathedrals. Ex-votos are significant as an arqueologic object, they inform about their people and their culture in a legitimate time and space. For me each Ex-Votos is as sacred as a religious object but without a real attachment to any religion.
Behind each one of these pieces there is a narrative about a human being who, through faith and determination has achieved a dream, cured a sick body or a sick mind - who went beyond his or her limitations.