Vesta's Ghost (2)
Archival print on canvas, 34.3 x 48.3 cm (13.5 x 19 in.), nailed on wall
The companion piece, 'Vesta's Ghost' (2), was shown concurrently at a Los Angeles gallery.
This wall-mounted archival print on canvas considers the role of the titular goddess in
Roman state religion, wherein selected virgins dedicated to her service were charged with
maintaining an eternal flame in her temple. The assemblage documented in the photograph
explores the contradiction of sacred fire as both ephemeral and permanent, a transitory
element and the traces it leaves behind.
The work was created for the group show 'Leverage' curated by Jo-ey Tang. Conceived as a two part exhibition the venue took place at the Notary Public in New York
(1) and concurrently the Workspace, Los Angeles
Participating artists: Sonja Engelhardt, Luke Stettner, Gustabo Velazquez, Claudia Weber.