120cm x 60 cm stoneware, porcelain slip, bone ash glaze, wax.
ⓒ Gijs Milius
The Romanesque church of Saint Pierre de Xhignesse housed a remarkable sculpture of Saint Anne of the Trinity, probably made in the 16th century. The mother of the Virgin Mary is carrying her daughter who is herself carrying the baby Jesus. Stolen in 1980, this sculpture is still sought by Interpol. This mise en abyme leads to anti-naturalist representations where Mary appears as young as Jesus or even the same age as his mother.
That inspired me to create an archaic organic version of this trinitarian vision. Thus, "Flesh and Blood" is a sculpture in three parts. The vertical base supports a second body which in turn supports a horizontal porcelain bone covered with a wax skin.