KNIEHOLZ

2019 | sculpture, art objects | gold and gesso on wood, calligraphy, sgraffito, china ink

Knieholz (kneeling logs):
A series of instruments for meditation and atonement.
Recognise our sin. See the divine in the worm. Start making amend.
Pain is bliss.

Throughout the ages, countless Saints, individuals and whole religious orders saw and still see it as their sacred purpose to sacrifice their whole lives to atone for the sins of others by taking their place, by suffering on their behalf. While saving a soul remains a very honorable intention, saving the planet and so humanity is today's priority.

Still, can mysticism help us embrace a more sustainable way of life?
How can we learn from those who managed over thousand of years to transform their suffering into grace?
Can the idea of redemptive suffering inspire us to make an extra effort in the place of those we know won't make any, without pointing our finger at them?
Can we eventually sacrifice our comfort for the sake of all with pleasure?

Renunciation can be gold.

The kneeling log is a hybrid. It is sacred and profane at the same time.
Nevertheless it's an artifact of meditation, of prayer, of contemplation, of expiation.

The future is ascetic.
And full of joy.

Thomas Sing | Knieholz 001 | ca. 26x10x9 cm | gold and gesso on wood, sgraffito | 2019
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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 002 | ca. 23x8x9 cm | gold and gesso on wood, china ink | 2019
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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 003 | ca. 28x4,5x11 cm | gold and gesso on wood, sgraffito | 2019
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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 004 | ca. 28x10.5x10 cm | gold and gesso on wood, china ink | 2019

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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 005 | ca. 18x12.5x9 cm | gold and gesso on wood, china ink | 2019
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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 006 | ca. 23.5x6x8 cm | gold and gesso on wood, sgraffito | 2019

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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 007 | ca. 24x11x7 cm | gold and gesso on wood, sgraffito | 2019

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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 008 | ca. 27x9x11 cm | gold and gesso on wood, china ink | 2019

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Thomas Sing | Knieholz 009 | ca. 27x8.5x8 cm | gold and gesso on wood, sgraffito | 2019
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 Thomas Sing | Knieholz 010 | ca. 27.5x11x12 cm | gold and gesso on wood, china ink | 2019
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Relevant techniques: gold on gesso, gilding, Polimentvergoldung, inscription, carving, sgraffito, engraving, calligraphy, Kalligrafie, Inskription, Gravur, Skulptur, sculpture, Skulptur, art object, Kunstobjekt.