Towers of Babel, 2020
- The Towers of Babel are created for Senstad's solo exhibition The Sensory Chamber at Patioo Monoroom in Sotogrande, Spain, 2020 - Curated by Camilla and Firouz Farmanfarmaian. These works are available through Nouvelle Vague Art Spaces/ Patioo Monoroom. For more info on the works please contact:
The sequence of Babel 08 - 014 are 7 unique acrylic sculpture compositions referencing the mytholgogical Tower of Babel. In biblical terms the tower represents the dispersing, disenfranchisement and seperation of peoples through language and displacement of communication, where the human race is divided as punishment for their wickedness. In ancient cultures the circle represents unity and understanding - it is a tribal system of organization and dwelling. In it's construction a circular shape of individual towers, colors interweave, reflecting each plane merging into new colors, creating the inner workings of the kaledioscope. We are reminded of how we as individuals are all part of a grand system, interlinked and equal in unity, referencing the basis of civil rights and communal infrastructure and utopic ethics. The exhibition The Senosory Chamber was produced during the COVID-19 lockdown, and reflects how quarentine and isolation divided our natural social fabric and with unknown long term effects of the the collective human psyche, yet it provides an opportunity to internally reconsider and actively return to reshape our multiple futures for coming generations. The costructivist/arte concrete inspired sculptures appear as triangles when viewed from above, yet appear as square towers from front view. As individual sculptures, the "towers" exist as individual Babels, signifying the individual totem. As sets of pairs or quadrouples the connotations expand to the idea of connectivity as in coupling or the neuclear family, the comfort of even numerals while the totality of seven signifies days of the week, ritual numbers such as lucky digits and mystical numerals.
The series was created as part of Senstad's long term critical social research project Calitalism in the Public Realm that started in 2014 with Senstad's work Gold Guides Me - Capitalism in the Public Realm.
Each tower is unique piece.
Transparent and flourescent acrylics and mirrors, brass hinges, brass screws, nuts and bolts.