Corona Spineus, 2017

corona spineus

Corona Spineus (meaning spiky crown) was conceived following my visit to Norwich Cathedral in response to the Bishop’s call for submissions to his Art Prize 2017. The title of  ‘Glimpses of Glory’ spoke to me of the visible depictions of ‘glory’, specifically the depiction of halos and religious glory,  within the magnificent Cathedral building. I am intrigued by the repeated shape of long and short spikes which when the gold colour is removed, change to sinister, and aggressive adornments. As the halo shape unravels, the sculpture alludes to the crown of thorns and still further to suggestions of eye lashes, DNA and a crawling insect. All of these may be considered glorious, though the hard dark steel spikes exude a threatening danger.

corneus spineus sketch